: having more than adequate financial resources : prosperous
a well-to-do family

Examples of well-to-do in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The neighborhood is home to a variety of Victorian and Queen Anne-style houses; sycamore, palm and walnut trees — and previously, well-to-do and working-class residents. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 6 Apr. 2024 Looking to catch a break, less well-to-do households shell out more on these lotteries than wealthier ones do, according to The Economist’s analysis of public-records requests. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 Over time, that creates gaps between neighborhoods: Homeowners in Staten Island, much of the Bronx and parts of Brooklyn and Queens end up paying much more relative to the value of their homes compared with those in well-to-do neighborhoods. Camille Baker, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Other well-to-do sorts followed Vanderbilt’s example, including Thomas Edison, who constructed an in-ground version at his Florida home in 1910. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 The princess is the oldest of three children brought up in a well-to-do neighborhood in Berkshire, west of London. arkansasonline.com, 22 Mar. 2024 The drastic change is raising concerns that working-class families are being displaced — either lured by cash offers that aren’t enough to buy housing elsewhere or forced from affordable rentals — to be replaced by a well-to-do transitory population. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Stepping through the doors of Kasuri might shock the average tourist visiting Hudson, but also inspire the enclave or well-to-do artists in the area. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2024 To be able to afford the fees is a pipe dream for most families in Gaza, living in poverty, and a small fortune even for well-to-do Palestinians who have fled their homes and struggle to obtain basic necessities during the war. Daniel Estrin, NPR, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of well-to-do was in 1794

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“Well-to-do.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/well-to-do. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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: having plenty of money and possessions : prosperous

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