affluent

adjective
af·​flu·​ent | \ˈa-(ˌ)flü-ənt also a-ˈflü- or ə- \

Definition of affluent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having an abundance of goods or riches : wealthy affluent families our affluent society

2 : flowing in abundance affluent streams affluent creativity

affluent

noun
af·​flu·​ent | \ˈa-(ˌ)flü-ənt also a-ˈflü- or ə- \

Definition of affluent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tributary stream … its meandering stream, one of the smaller affluents of the Sacramento.— John Muir

2 [ derivative of 1affluent ] : a wealthy or affluent person The affluents exhibit far less demographic diversity than is exhibited in any of the lower-income segments of the population.— Pamela N. Danzinger

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Other Words from affluent

Adjective

affluently adverb

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Adjective

rich, wealthy, affluent, opulent mean having goods, property, and money in abundance. rich implies having more than enough to gratify normal needs or desires. became rich through shrewd investing wealthy stresses the possession of property and intrinsically valuable things. wealthy landowners affluent suggests prosperity and an increasing wealth. an affluent society opulent suggests lavish expenditure and display of great wealth, more often applying to things than people. an opulent mansion

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Adjective

Are your coffers overflowing? Is your cash flow more than adequate? Are your assets fluid? If so, you can consider yourself affluent. Affluent is all about flow—that is to say, it's based on the Latin word for "flow," which is fluere. (Some other fluere descendants are confluence, fluctuate, fluid, influence, mellifluous, and superfluous.) The older sense of affluent refers, both literally and figuratively, to an abundant flow, as in "an affluent fountain" or "affluent joy." The use of "affluent fortune" for an abundant flow of money is what likely led to the use of affluent as a synonym of wealthy.

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Adjective

The store catered to a mostly affluent clientele that was relatively price insensitive, so we could afford to pay our suppliers a premium for the very best fish. The shop also developed a significant wholesale business, and soon the great and the good of London gastronomy were flocking to our door. — Frances Percival, Saveur, March 2008 A recent crop of books and articles give voice to this complaint. They happen to be written by journalists who are also well-educated and affluent mothers, but when it comes to parental discontent they are not alone. — Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Commonweal, 16 June 2006 The Bay Area, which encompasses the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, as well as surrounding areas, is one of the nation's most affluent regions: More than 40% of the area's residents have annual household income of at least $75,000, versus only 25% in the country's other top 50 markets, according to Scarborough Research. — Eileen Davis Hudson et al., Editor & Publisher, 1 Oct. 2001 His family was more affluent than most. he is affluent and can afford to send his children to the best schools

Noun

the Nipigon and the St. Louis rivers are affluents of Lake Superior
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The district is so affluent that one of its own residents sued it over its vast surplus. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "A not-so-funny thing about the road from Villanova to Mechanicsburg | Maria Panaritis," 17 June 2018 And number two, her social circle in Toronto is quite affluent. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Is Going Royal—Can Her Friends Come, Too?," 24 Apr. 2018 The study also showed that young Americans from low-income families are as likely to move into the ranks of the affluent today as those born in the 1970s. Gavin Off, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s poor struggle to move up | Charlotte Observer," 16 Apr. 2018 The smaller 3-4 linebacker edge rushers are more affluent. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals 2018 NFL Draft strategy: Edge rushers," 16 Apr. 2018 Kavanaugh lives in the affluent Village of Chevy Chase, Section 5, where his wife works as the town manager and draws a $66,000 annual salary. Amy Brittain, courant.com, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says," 12 July 2018 Kavanaugh lives in the affluent village of Chevy Chase, Maryland, where his wife works as the town manager and draws a $66,000 annual salary. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says," 11 July 2018 On one side, the pushy new wife of an affluent businessman is complaining about the shade cast by her neighbor’s overhanging branches. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Under the Tree," 6 July 2018 Then the Bay Area suffered from a terrible confluence of events — a sudden influx of extremely affluent tech workers while everyone else’s incomes remained stagnant and a long-simmering housing crisis exploded. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "In high-cost SF, even professionals can qualify as low-income," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Democrats in his affluent, Seal Beach-to-Laguna Beach district have been organizing against him for over a year. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democrats Find Relief in California House Race Results," 6 June 2018 The industry could do more to appeal to the moderately affluent, who largely think of life insurers as providers of death benefits rather than savings and retirement products. The Economist, "The life-insurance industry is in need of new vigour," 17 May 2018 That partly reflects the fact that the vast majority of new apartment construction has been at the high end, catering to a growing pool of affluent, professional renters in urban areas. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Freddie Mac Offers Cheap Loans to Affordable-Housing Landlords," 3 May 2018 The victory expands the League’s solid dominance in Italy’s affluent north. Washington Post, "Anti-migrant League party wins big in Italian regional vote," 30 Apr. 2018 Ranks of affluent early investors swell ahead of legal sales Value of nation’s cannabis market now exceeds $20 billion Terry Booth didn’t expect his life would come full circle, thanks to marijuana. Bloomberg.com, "Mario Draghi Answers Questions at ECB News Conference," 26 Apr. 2018 Amazon is trying to broaden its appeal beyond the mass affluent by introducing monthly payment plans and discounts for people on government assistance, but there is still room for competition on the lower end of the market. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Kevin’s Week in Tech: Jeff Bezos Reminds Tech Who’s Boss," 20 Apr. 2018 The researchers concluded that larger tax credits for the poor and higher taxes on the affluent seemed to improve income mobility only slightly. charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s poor struggle to advance | Charlotte Observer," 16 Apr. 2018 In making these changes, working mothers would be free to advance their careers and educations in a way that only the affluent can afford to now. Anne Branigin, The Root, "The Future of Child Care: How to Create a Fairer, More Equitable System for Working Women and Women of Color," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of affluent

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for affluent

Adjective

Middle English, "flowing in abundance, copious," borrowed from Latin affluent-, affluens "flowing with, abundant," present participle of affluere "to flow in, come streaming along, be abundantly present," from ad- ad- + fluere "to flow, run" — more at fluid entry 1

Noun

borrowed from French, borrowed from Latin affluent-, affluens "flowing in" — more at affluent entry 1

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affluent

adjective
af·​flu·​ent | \ˈa-ˌflü-ənt \

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: having plenty of money and expensive things : wealthy an affluent family

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