The Alternative English Dictionary: affluent

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affluent etymology Middle French affluent, from Latin affluentem, accusative singular of affluēns, present active participle of affluō, from ad + fluō (cognate via latter to fluid, flow). Sense of “wealthy” (plentiful flow of goods) c. 1600, which also lead to nominalization affluence.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} Only relation to antonym indigent is common Latinate suffix + ent. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈæf.lu.ənt/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈæf.lu.ənt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{rft-sense}} Somebody who is wealth.
    • 1994, Philip D. Cooper, Health care marketing: a foundation for managed quality (page 183) The affluents are most similar to the professional want-it-alls in their reasons for preferring specific hospitals and in their demographic characteristics.
  2. A stream or river flowing into a larger river or into a lake; a tributary stream; a tributary.
Synonyms: See also
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Abundant; copious; plenteous.
    • H. Reed language…affluent in expression
  2. (by extension) Abounding in goods or riches; materially wealthy.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  3. (dated) Tributary.
  4. (obsolete) Flowing to; flowing abundantly.
    • Harvey affluent blood
Synonyms: See also

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