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

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 Turkey had been a secular republic since the nineteen-twenties, but Erbakan, ​​a professor of mechanical engineering, believed that by investing in industry and grooming technological talent the country could become a prosperous Islamic nation. The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Unionized workers are more prosperous than nonunion workers in comparable jobs. Steven Greenhouse, The New Republic, 6 May 2022 Taiwan’s treatment in the international arena is just one example of China’s increasingly belligerent campaign against the free, prosperous island nation. Karen Chu, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 All this matters because Saudi Arabia remains a prosperous and stable nation in a notably poor and unstable region. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 As a modern, prosperous Muslim nation, Turkey was often touted to Middle Eastern autocracies as a role model and a better way. Enes Kanter, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2021 Several years ago a group of women became trailblazers in the commercial fishing industry, believing their lives were set on a more prosperous course. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 It was founded in 2014 with the goal of creating a more prosperous Ukraine. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 As much as half the prewar population of 3.8 million has left, for the rest of Ukraine, more prosperous Russia or Europe. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Prosperous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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