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
Recent Examples on the Web Both programs want the game itself to serve as the gateway to a new decade of prosperity. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: How Indiana football put together its best season in 25 years," 1 Jan. 2020 Three years after that the American economy began an upward curve that continued for almost three decades of prosperity. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Creating Conservatism Inc., Continued," 31 Dec. 2019 Free trade might be the best assurance of American prosperity in the long run. Arkansas Online, "EDITORIAL: Trade winds," 12 Dec. 2019 And the concentration of prosperity does not appear to be slowing down. New York Times, "A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?," 9 Dec. 2019 That kind of sustained prosperity makes a powerful argument for Trump's reelection. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Have Trump and Kim Jong Un fallen out of "love"?," 8 Dec. 2019 Broad legalization in the state was expected to begin a period of prosperity for businesses that for years faced the threat of legal action from local or federal authorities. Michael R. Blood,, "No short-term fix for challenges in California pot market," 20 Nov. 2019 Ashman never saw how his bold creative vision ushered in a new era of Disney prosperity. Michael Landis, Smithsonian, "‘The Little Mermaid’ Was Way More Subversive Than You Realized," 5 Nov. 2019 That's the proposal of developers from both Chicago and Huntsville partnering on a vision that could – again, if expectations are met – catapult the downtown district into a heightened frenzy of prosperity. Paul Gattis |, al, "Constellation project in downtown Huntsville making big plans," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of prosperity

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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5 Jan 2020

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“Prosperity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prosperity

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


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Kids Definition of prosperity

: the state of being successful usually by making money

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