Definition of affluent in English:
- The Government wants to redistribute wealth from more affluent areas in the south to deprived parts in the north of the country.
- Oddly enough, the advertisers deny they are specifically targeting gay consumers, one of society's most affluent groups.
- However, a more complicated picture emerges from the affluent areas of the cities that were compared.
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- The chief commerce is in silk, which is carried on along the River and its numerous affluents and canals.
- About 60 miles higher up in the course of the Nile, there is another large affluent from the west.
- On reaching the bottom, what was our surprise and disgust to find ourselves landed on the high muddy bank of a wide, rapidly flowing affluent of the Great River.
- affluently adverb
- Example sentences
- They have created this awful situation where people can come and live so affluently, and so many others can't afford a decent roof over their heads.
- By 1970 the concept of duty evaporated in the affluently modeled consumer society.
- Complex in character, this ecosystem is a self-sustaining community living affluently due to a combination of several important elements such as warmth, rainfall, nutrients and sunlight.
Late Middle English (in sense 2 of the adjective): via Old French from Latin affluent- 'flowing towards, flowing freely', from the verb affluere, from ad- 'to' + fluere 'to flow'.
From Latin affluere ‘flow towards’, affluent was originally used to describe water either flowing towards a place or flowing freely without any restriction. It later came to mean ‘abundant’ and then ‘wealthy’, a meaning which dates from the mid 18th century. Related words, all based on Latin fluere ‘to flow’ are fluent (late 16th century) and fluid (Late Middle English); flume (Middle English) originally a stream; flux (Late Middle English) a state of flowing; effluent (Late Middle English) something that flows out; and superfluous (Late Middle English) ‘overflowing’.
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