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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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