- The definition of affluent is someone who is wealthy with money, property or possessions.
A person who owns a multimillion dollar company and lives in a mansion is an example of an affluent person.
The home of an affluent person.
- flowing freely
- 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 ( 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.
(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.