American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Generously supplied with money, property, or possessions; prosperous or rich. See Synonyms at rich.
- adj. Plentiful; abundant.
- adj. Flowing freely; copious.
- n. A stream or river that flows into a larger one; a tributary.
- n. A person who is well-off financially: "the so-called emerging affluents” ( Leslie Tweeton).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Flowing to: as, “affluent blood,” Harvey, Consumption.
- Abundant; copious; abounding in anything, as attributes, attainments, or possessions; hence, specifically, abounding in means; rich: as, a man of affluent intellect; an affluent man or community; affluent circumstances.
- n. A tributary stream; a stream or river flowing into another, or into a lake, bay, etc.
- n. this sense) Somebody who is wealthy.
- n. A stream or river flowing into a larger river or into a lake; a tributary stream; a tributary.
- adj. Abundant; copious; plenteous.
- adj. by extension Abounding in goods or riches; materially wealthy.
- adj. dated tributary
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Flowing to; flowing abundantly.
- adj. Abundant; copious; plenteous; hence, wealthy; abounding in goods or riches.
- n. A stream or river flowing into a larger river or into a lake; a tributary stream.
- n. an affluent person; a person who is financially well off
- n. a branch that flows into the main stream
- adj. having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
- Middle French affluent, from Latin affluentem, accusative singular of affluēns, present active participle of affluō ("flow to or towards; overflow with"), from ad ("to, towards") + fluō ("flow") (cognate via latter to fluid, flow). Sense of “wealthy” (plentiful flow of goods) c. 1600, which also lead to nominalization affluence. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, abundant, flowing, from Old French, from Latin affluēns, affluent-, present participle of affluere, to abound in : ad-, ad- + fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Do you think that landlords in affluent areas take vouchers?”
“The segregation of the young elite, according to Murray, might not be so bad, except that so many of them have been ensconced in affluent suburbs from birth and have never been outside the bubble of privilege.”
“We also interviewed management from the National Association of Realtors, a number of real estate brokers, banks managers and elected officials in affluent communities.”
“They lived in affluent areas and attended mostly white prep schools.”
“That issue should be addressed as part of the reason that some schools, not all, and certainly not in affluent or middle class neighborhoods, are "in crisis.”
“They want the same opportunity to pursue their dreams as everyone else who lives in affluent school districts.”
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“Hospitals that aren't in affluent areas will close or be taken over by the government.”
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