The home of an affluent person.
A person who owns a multimillion dollar company and lives in a mansion is an example of an affluent person.
- Archaic flowing freely
- Now Rare plentiful; abundant
- wealthy; prosperous; rich: the affluent society
Origin of affluentMiddle English from Classical Latin affluens, present participle of affluere: see affluence
- a tributary streamopposed to effluent (noun specif. )
- an affluent person
- Generously supplied with money, property, or possessions; prosperous or rich. See Synonyms at rich.
- Manifesting or requiring wealth: affluent homes; affluent living.
- Archaic Flowing freely; copious.
- A stream or river that flows into a larger one; a tributary.
- A person who is well-off financially: “the so-called emerging affluents” ( Leslie Tweeton )
- used with a pl. verb Wealthy people considered as a group. Often used with the.
Origin of affluentMiddle 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.
Usage Note: The pronunciation of affluent with stress on the first syllable is the widely accepted pronunciation, and the preferred form of 85 percent of the Usage Panel in our 2015 survey. The pronunciation with stress on the second syllable is acceptable to only a third of the Panel, but it is common enough to be considered a standard variant pronunciation.
(comparative more affluent, superlative most affluent)
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.
Only relation to antonym indigent is common Latinate suffix + -ent.