affluence

play
noun af·flu·ence \ˈa-(ˌ)flü-ən(t)s also a-ˈflü- or ə-\

Definition of affluence

  1. 1a :  abundance of property :  wealth <rose from poverty to affluence>b :  an abundant flow or supply :  profusion < … to attain that breadth and height, that wealth of muscle, that affluence of flesh. — Charlotte Brontë>

  2. 2 :  a flowing to or toward a point :  influx

Examples of affluence in a sentence

  1. <this affluence of new students is straining an already crowded school system>

Did You Know?

Affluence comes from the Latin verb affluere, "to flow abundantly". Thus, someone or something blessed with affluence has received an incoming flood of riches. Since the affluent residents of suburbs often work in the central city but pay taxes back home, the wealth of some metropolitan areas tends to flow in one direction—out.

Origin and Etymology of affluence

see 1affluent


First Known Use: 14th century


AFFLUENCE Defined for Kids

affluence

play
noun af·flu·ence \ˈa-ˌflü-əns\

Definition of affluence for Students

  1. :  the state of having much money and expensive things :  wealth



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up affluence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the art of making engravings on wood

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ