affluent

adjective
af·​flu·​ent | \ ˈa-(ˌ)flü-ənt How to pronounce affluent (audio) 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

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 affluent entry 1] : 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

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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Visualize with us: coffers overflowing, a cash flow more than adequate, assets that are fluid. The image conjured is the essence of the word affluent. Based on Latin fluere, meaning "to flow," affluent is all about flow. (The same image is echoed in other fluere descendants, such as confluence, fluctuate, fluid, influence, mellifluous, and superfluous.) The flowing of goods or riches wasn't the word's first purview, however; 16th century print examples of affluent tend to be about the abundance of such intangibles as "goodness" and "spirit." In the 17th century, the flow suggested by affluent varied greatly: streams, poisons, estates, and blood were all described with the word. In modern use, affluent most often describes wealthy people, or places where wealthy people live.

Examples of affluent in a Sentence

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Critics have said universal free meal programs are a hand-out to affluent families. Alia Wong, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2022 Residents typically worked in downtown businesses or for affluent white families living on nearby Mound Street. Nicole Bradford, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Aug. 2022 At Auburn, and similarly elsewhere, there’s a mix of students from very affluent families as well as those from low-income households. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 12 July 2022 In an era when most European clothing manufacturers catered mainly to affluent families, the brothers’ company, now called C&A, specialized in ready-to-wear clothing for the middle and working classes. Will Sennott, ProPublica, 6 July 2022 It is widely believed, and many studies prove, that 70% of affluent families will lose their wealth within three generations—regardless of how expensive and complex their estate plan! David Redding, Forbes, 29 June 2022 And many teens from affluent families, eyeing admission to top universities, have chosen to forgo summer jobs for summer school or volunteer work that bear mention on college applications. Paul Wiseman And Mae Anderson, Chicago Tribune, 2 June 2022 The author, an emeritus professor at the University of California, San Diego, begins his narrative in the early 19th century, with the establishment of institutions to house members of affluent New England families who were mentally ill. Richard J. Mcnally, WSJ, 13 May 2022 In a divided system — where quality child care is accessible only to affluent families — achievement gaps are inevitable and difficult to reverse. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bling Empire, Singapore Social, Shahs of Sunset, and The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives prop up the affluent. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Bling Empire, Singapore Social, Shahs of Sunset, and The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives prop up the affluent. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Bling Empire, Singapore Social, Shahs of Sunset, and The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives prop up the affluent. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Bling Empire, Singapore Social, Shahs of Sunset, and The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives prop up the affluent. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Bling Empire, Singapore Social, Shahs of Sunset, and The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives prop up the affluent. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Bling Empire, Singapore Social, Shahs of Sunset, and The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives prop up the affluent. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Bling Empire, Singapore Social, Shahs of Sunset, and The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives prop up the affluent. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Bling Empire, Singapore Social, Shahs of Sunset, and The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives prop up the affluent. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affluent. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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affluent

adjective
af·​flu·​ent | \ ˈa-ˌflü-ənt How to pronounce affluent (audio) \

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

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