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 Though touted as a miraculous way to bring prosperity to Chile, the system eventually drew criticism when the public saw wealth disparities spiral. Holly Jones, Variety, 30 Apr. 2022 Will Elon Musk bring prosperity? Steve and Andrea Fox of Frisco, Texas, filmed on their phones while sitting in folding chairs on the beach off the north side of the pier. Emre Kelly, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Its Asian client base has been deleveraging over the past few quarters in response to Beijing’s common prosperity initiative and changes in tech and property policy. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 The ghetto’s music is starting to sound like prosperity gospel. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Common prosperity has lately been singled out for praise by Ray Dalio, the founder and co–chief investment officer of the $150 billion hedge fund Bridgewater Associates. Stephen R. Soukup, National Review, 4 Mar. 2022 Adanne Ebo — use both mockumentary and conventional narrative tools to lampoon the prosperity gospel, à la the Bakkers, but from a distinctly Southern Black perspective. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2022 Pomegranates are thought to symbolize abundance, black-eyed peas are believed to bring prosperity, lentils resemble coins and long noodles represent long life. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Dec. 2021 First and foremost, it's observed to remember those who fought for our freedom—the heroes who gave their lives to protect the prosperity of our country. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prosperity

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Prosperity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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