One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(especially of a group or area) having a great deal of money; wealthy.‘the affluent societies of the western world’‘only the affluent could afford to travel abroad’
wealthy, rich, prosperous, opulent, well off, moneyed, cash rich, with deep pockets, well-to-do, comfortableView synonyms
- ‘While affluent regions and social classes struggle with surplus production and surplus consumption, close to one fifth of the global population lives in constant under-nourishment.’
- ‘Differences in life expectancy between socioeconomic groups have widened, mainly as a result of faster rates of improvement in affluent groups.’
- ‘It is situated in one of the less affluent areas of the town, where local residents, including many older people, are not easily able to reach the town centre office.’
- ‘Yet slowly but surely, cancer, already the second highest cause of mortality in affluent nations, is becoming a priority health problem in developing countries.’
- ‘Schools in more affluent areas and fee paying schools are more likely to have students whose parents can and will pay a lot of money for grinds and revision courses.’
- ‘In this case, surely money couldn't have been an issue, given that they are both in well paid jobs and live in an affluent area.’
- ‘These are very affluent areas with over twice as many people as average earning in excess of £40,000 per annum.’
- ‘He said land in affluent areas was generally much more expensive.’
- ‘The most affluent people surveyed were around 20% more likely to recognise cancer symptoms than people from poorer backgrounds.’
- ‘The best health was enjoyed by those people who reported less stress in their lives, people under the age of 55 and those living in affluent areas.’
- ‘The company also ‘could not afford the rents in some of the more affluent areas.’’
- ‘Oddly enough, the advertisers deny they are specifically targeting gay consumers, one of society's most affluent groups.’
- ‘It's a very affluent area and I like pretending I live there!’
- ‘However, a more complicated picture emerges from the affluent areas of the cities that were compared.’
- ‘If their land had become part of the city, they'd have faced the high property taxes used to cover social services in less affluent areas.’
- ‘Statistics prove that people living in deprived areas are less likely to use medical services than those living in more affluent areas.’
- ‘The Government wants to redistribute wealth from more affluent areas in the south to deprived parts in the north of the country.’
- ‘And the system will not just be analysing deprived areas but also anti-social behaviour in affluent areas as well.’
- ‘It is clear that by continuing to recruit disproportionately from the more affluent groups in society, higher education is exacerbating social class divides.’
- ‘They made jeans with holes in them when the more affluent groups got involved.’
2archaic (of water) flowing freely or in great quantity.
- ‘He replied that the water was affluent and that they had not reviewed this in detail.’
A tributary stream.
- ‘The chief commerce is in silk, which is carried on along the River and its numerous affluents and canals.’
- ‘All the large affluents of the Amazonas, which drain the great plains, are navigable to a considerable extent.’
- ‘It is a broad valley with a marked northern edge, cut, it is true, by wide affluents.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English (in affluent (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’.
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