pros·​per·​ous | \ ˈprä-sp(ə-)rəs How to pronounce prosperous (audio) \

Definition of prosperous

2a : marked by success or economic well-being
b : enjoying vigorous and healthy growth : flourishing

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Other Words from prosperous

prosperously adverb
prosperousness noun

Examples of prosperous in a Sentence

The company had a prosperous year. He predicted a prosperous future.
Recent Examples on the Web And since whoever finds the baby is said to be prosperous in the coming year, they are bound by custom to provide the King Cake for the next year. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Where to get a King Cake in Houston for Mardi Gras season," 5 Feb. 2020 High school football was very prosperous for Northern Kentucky programs from 2010-19. James Weber,, "Cincinnati high school football: Northern Kentucky's All-Decade football team, 2010-19," 23 Jan. 2020 Before setting out on his journey, Edward corresponded with Anna Fretland, the wife of one of the village’s most prosperous business executives, Johan. Washington Post, "‘Draugen’ is a picturesque game about delusional thinking," 6 June 2019 From the wine industry’s perspective, agriculture has not only made Napa prosperous, but its success has also protected the land from the encroachment of housing divisions and strip malls. Esther Mobley,, "Vineyards versus vernal pools: On Napa’s Atlas Peak, a neighbors’ dispute turns ugly," 22 Jan. 2020 Reaganomics But beginning in the 1980s, US president Ronald Reagan’s trickle down economic theory promoted the idea that greater wealth at the top would make everyone more prosperous. Leo Hindery, Quartz, "How to redeem America’s frayed faith in capitalism," 5 Dec. 2019 This shows that educational access behind bars creates opportunities that contribute to the public good, save taxpayer dollars and makes society safer and more prosperous. Mneesha Gellman, The Conversation, "Documentary provides rare look at higher education in prison," 22 Nov. 2019 Around this same time, just 64 miles northwest of Willmar in Glencoe, Minnesota, French filmmaker Louis Malle was documenting a prosperous farming community for public television. Jordan Cronk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Picks: A November To-Do List for Film Buffs in L.A.," 31 Oct. 2019 Special honorees of the evening were two-megawatt women whose work throughout Brooklyn and the Greater New York City Area has transformed the city into a safer and more prosperous place for all. Vogue, "Guests Partied in the Park at Last Night’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Gala," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of prosperous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prosperous

Middle English, from Medieval Latin prosperosus, from Latin prosperus

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The first known use of prosperous was in the 15th century

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“Prosperous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prosperous

: having success usually by making a lot of money


pros·​per·​ous | \ ˈprä-spə-rəs How to pronounce prosperous (audio) \

Kids Definition of prosperous

1 : having or showing success or financial good fortune
2 : strong and healthy in growth a prosperous town

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