pros·​per·​i·​ty prä-ˈsper-ə-tē How to pronounce prosperity (audio)
: the condition of being successful or thriving
especially : economic well-being

Examples of prosperity in a Sentence

a period of prosperity for our nation
Recent Examples on the Web The rural Hukou are not the citizens with whom the party has made its bargain of growing prosperity in exchange for tacit ... Thérèse Shaheen, National Review, 18 Feb. 2024 Some couples try to ensure their children are born in the Year of the Dragon, a symbol of prosperity and vigor, often resulting in a bump in the country’s birth rate. Chris Lau, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 Nothing will stunt the growth and prosperity of Texas, specifically North Texas, quite like a lack of future planning. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Opting for entrepreneurship can set you on a trajectory that leads to genuine prosperity and fulfillment. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 There are signs that prosperity may catch up to them. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 No detail was spared at this affair as each place setting included a custom giant fortune cookie name card and a traditional red envelope that held a crisp one-dollar note to ensure good luck and prosperity to all guests for the upcoming year. Florence O'Connor, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 The front-runner, three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has vowed to restore stability and chart a path toward prosperity. Shaiq Hussain, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Germany is piloting a four-day work week over the next six months—but economists think a condensed schedule will hurt prosperity. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English prosperite, borrowed from Anglo-French prosperité, borrowed from Latin prosperitāt-, prosperitās "favorable state or outcome, success," from prosperus "agreeable to one's wishes, successful" + -itāt-, -itās -ity — more at prosperous

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prosperity was in the 13th century

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“Prosperity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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pros·​per·​i·​ty prä-ˈsper-ət-ē How to pronounce prosperity (audio)
: the state of being prosperous or successful
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