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 But during the prosperous ’50s, in a country weary of rationing, thrift and efficiency no longer resonated. Barbara Spindel, WSJ, "‘The Secret History of Home Economics’ Review: Engineering the Everyday," 2 May 2021 But in a very prosperous society, small losses can be endured without feeling too much pain. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "COVID Conspiracists Are as American as Apple Pie," 29 Apr. 2021 Orkney’s inhabitants developed a prosperous cattle farming culture and, between 3300 and 2800 B.C., built monuments and large houses, in addition to creating new art forms like the Grooved Ware pottery. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "5,000-Year-Old Fingerprint Found on Pottery Shard Unearthed in Scotland," 28 Apr. 2021 On our way to a union more perfect, more prosperous, and more just as one people, one nation, and one America. ABC News, "Full transcript: President Joe Biden delivers speech to joint session of Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 Benton Harbor, predominantly Black, incredibly distressed, across the river from St. Joseph, all White and very prosperous. CBS News, "Lessons from the Derek Chauvin verdict," 25 Apr. 2021 Many of the rich have grown even more prosperous during the pandemic. Washington Post, "A churning Golden State on the eve of new population numbers," 24 Apr. 2021 In the attack on Friday, a 49-year-old police officer, identified only as Stéphanie and a mother of two, was stabbed in the neck in Rambouillet, a prosperous town southwest of Paris known for the beautiful grounds of its chateau. New York Times, "Terrorism Fears Feed the Rise of France’s Extreme Right," 24 Apr. 2021 Last year, Osborn sold his house in the prosperous, majority-white Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit for $325,000 and paid off the PACE loan. Jeremy Kohler, ProPublica, "State-Supported “Clean Energy” Loans Are Putting Borrowers At Risk of Losing Their Homes," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Prosperous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 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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