Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having success; flourishing: a prosperous new business.
  • adj. Well-to-do; well-off: a prosperous family.
  • adj. Propitious; favorable: a prosperous moment to make a decision.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. characterized by success
  • adj. well off; affluent
  • adj. favorable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to prosperity; favoring; favorable; helpful.
  • adj. Being prospered; advancing in the pursuit of anything desirable; making gain, or increase; thriving; successful

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making good progress in the pursuit of anything desirable; having continued good fortune; successful; thriving: as, a prosperous trade; a prosperous voyage; a prosperous citizen.
  • Favorable; benignant; propitious: as, a prosperous wind.
  • Synonyms Successful, etc. (see fortunate), flourishing, well-off, well-to-do.
  • Propitious, auspicious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very lively and profitable
  • adj. marked by peace and prosperity
  • adj. in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
  • adj. presaging or likely to bring good luck

Etymologies

Old French prosperer, from Latin prosperare, to cause to succeed, from prosperus, favorable, from Old Latin pro spere, according to expectation, from pro, for, and spes, hope (Wiktionary)

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