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 In March, take advantage of the bountiful gifts that are offered and steer your life into a more prosperous direction. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Feb. 8, 2021: Happy birthday Seth Green; Aquarius, keep an open mind," 8 Feb. 2021 The combined prospects of an economic stimulus and infrastructure package—both of which will boost fossil fuel demand—spell a more prosperous 2021 and 2022 for the world’s biggest polluters. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Fossil Fuel Industry Thinks It Will Have a Good Year Under Biden," 26 Jan. 2021 Secular endeavors, especially trade with Asia via the high seas, promised a more prosperous future for the people of the Netherlands. New York Times, "‘Icebound’ Takes Us Back to the Arctic, in All Its Terror and Splendor," 8 Jan. 2021 Israel is more secure and more prosperous than it's ever been before. CBS News, "Biggest factor in U.S.-Middle East relations is perception that U.S. is withdrawing," 6 Jan. 2021 Jones was born into slavery in 1850 and later became a prosperous landowner and rancher in the Southlake-Roanoke area. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Who was Southlake legend Bob Jones? Take a virtual tour during Black History Month to find out," 1 Feb. 2021 Minnesota, of course, remains a prosperous place despite its comparatively high taxes. Star Tribune, "Taxing the rich is trickier than it seems," 30 Jan. 2021 More lemmings feed more owls, but if a prosperous lemming season is not followed by another with the same productivity, an ecosystem can crash. Cara Korte, CBS News, "The snowy owl spotted in Central Park is an at-risk species thanks to climate change," 30 Jan. 2021 Good news: Apparently many of us are already very prosperous in Germany. Jessica Saggio | Contributing Writer,, "Take no chances: Kickstart the new year with black eyed peas, green grapes, white flowers and red undies," 26 Dec. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Prosperous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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