You know you’re driving through an affluent neighborhood when you see large houses, perfect landscaping, and expensive cars. Use affluent to describe wealthy people or areas.

In Middle English, affluent meant “abundant, flowing,” from Old French, from Latin affluēns, from affluere “to abound in,” from the prefix ad- “to, at” plus fluere “to flow.” The meaning of “abundant, flowing” is still seen in phrases such as “affluent prose.” But mostly, when you use the word affluent, the thing understood to be flowing is cash.

Definitions of affluent
  1. adjective

    having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

    affluent banker”
    flush, loaded, moneyed, wealthy


    possessing material wealth
  2. noun

    an affluent person; a person who is financially well off

    “the so-called emerging
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    type of:

    have, rich person, wealthy person

    a person who possesses great material wealth

  3. noun

    a branch that flows into the main stream

    confluent, feeder, tributary
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    a branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it
    type of:


    a stream or river connected to a larger one

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