pros·​per·​i·​ty | \ prä-ˈsper-ə-tē How to pronounce prosperity (audio) \

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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That’s what proponents of modern monetary theory, the unorthodox set of economic ideas that has inspired politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, see as the winning formula for American prosperity. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Modern Monetary Theory’s Reluctant Poster Child: Japan," 5 June 2019 So, while their individual takes varied slightly, their mutual affinity for grassy tones made one thing clear: like green itself, the couple is focusing on all things prosperity. Vogue, "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Know the Secret Power of Wearing Green," 20 May 2019 Mandarin oranges—a symbol of prosperity during the New Year—were scattered on Liang’s runway, and around the glittering blue BRRCH bouquets that decorated the dining room. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Sandy Liang and Warby Parker Fete the Lunar New Year at New York Fashion Week," 11 Feb. 2019 These kind of closing are viewed as a one-off exception to the rule of prosperity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 North Carolina is one of the fastest growing states in the nation but much of our recent prosperity has been concentrated in just a handful of areas, primarily around Charlotte and Raleigh. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 Yet for all its apparent prosperity, the U.S. in the late 1960s was in the final phase of the immediate post-World War II era during which America dominated the global economic stage. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: 2018 has eerie resemblance to 1968," 23 Mar. 2018 Your simple minded policies--imposition of tariffs--have the potential to seriously damage our future prosperity. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Ex-CIA chief John Brennan to Trump: 'America will triumph over you'," 17 Mar. 2018 Your resourcefulness makes your financial prosperity skyrocket on Saturday. Colin Bedell, Cosmopolitan, "Your Horoscope for the Week of March 12," 11 Mar. 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 How to pronounce prosperity (audio) \

Kids Definition of prosperity

: the state of being successful usually by making money

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