pros·​per·​i·​ty | \ prä-ˈsper-ə-tē \

Definition of prosperity

: the condition of being successful or thriving especially : economic well-being

Examples of prosperity in a Sentence

a period of prosperity for our nation

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For ringing in the occasion, surrounding yourself with two of the most significant colors in Chinese culture—red (signifying good fortune and joy) and gold (representing luck)—is a sure way to summon prosperity for the 12 months ahead. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Happy Chinese New Year! 10 Red and Gold Beauty Products for Celebrating the Spring Festival," 2 Feb. 2019 Even their Classic Chain motif is a pattern traditionally woven by women as a way to bring prosperity to their families. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Penélope Cruz Shares Who (And What) Has a Special Place in Her Heart," 17 Jan. 2019 My late grandfather, who was an old-line communist in his day, used to tell me with mixed admiration and regret that FDR had saved capitalism by entrenching institutions that guaranteed broadly shared prosperity. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 Our civic, corporate and government leaders ought to want to endear the gifts, talents and value of those afflicted and oppressed within this fabric of oppression, bringing greater peace, public safety and prosperity for themselves and all people. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 By 2049, China wants to achieve full prosperity, including alleviating poverty, inequality, and pollution. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "The costs of liberty," 15 June 2018 The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. USA TODAY, "Text of President Trump's letter to North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 24 May 2018 The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. CNN, "READ: President Donald Trump's letter to Kim Jong Un canceling the summit," 24 May 2018 When examining inclusivity and the economy, the Urban Institute sought to compare the current recovery with past periods of growth to divine the relationship between economic growth and shared prosperity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How fighting inequality can help cities grow their economies," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prosperity

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prosperity

: the state of being successful usually by making a lot of money


pros·​per·​i·​ty | \ prä-ˈsper-ə-tē \

Kids Definition of prosperity

: the state of being successful usually by making money

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