What does prosperous mean?

Definitions for prosperous
ˈprɒs pər əspros·per·ous

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prosperous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. comfortable, easy, prosperous, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-situated, well-to-doadjective

    in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich

    "they were comfortable or even wealthy by some standards"; "easy living"; "a prosperous family"; "his family is well-situated financially"; "well-to-do members of the community"

  2. booming, flourishing, palmy, prospering, prosperous, roaring, thrivingadjective

    very lively and profitable

    "flourishing businesses"; "a palmy time for stockbrokers"; "a prosperous new business"; "doing a roaring trade"; "a thriving tourist center"; "did a thriving business in orchids"

  3. golden, halcyon, prosperousadjective

    marked by peace and prosperity

    "a golden era"; "the halcyon days of the clipper trade"

  4. golden, favorable, favourable, lucky, prosperousadjective

    presaging or likely to bring good luck

    "a favorable time to ask for a raise"; "lucky stars"; "a prosperous moment to make a decision"


  1. prosperousadjective

    characterized by success

    Trading Babe Ruth was far more prosperous for the Yankees than for the Red Sox.

  2. prosperousadjective

    well off; affluent

    He was raised in a very prosperous household.

  3. prosperousadjective


    He chose a prosperous lottery number that evening.

  4. Etymology: prosperer, from prosperare, to cause to succeed, from prosperus, favorable, from Old Latin pro spere, according to expectation, from pro, for, and spes, hope

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prosperousadjective

    Successful; fortunate.

    Etymology: prosperus, Lat.

    Your good advice, which still hath been both grave
    And prosper us. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Either state to bear prosperous or adverse. John Milton.

    May he find
    A happy passage, and a prosp’rous wind. John Denham.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prosperousadjective

    tending to prosperity; favoring; favorable; helpful

  2. Prosperousadjective

    being prospered; advancing in the pursuit of anything desirable; making gain, or increase; thriving; successful; as, a prosperous voyage; a prosperous undertaking; a prosperous man or nation


  1. Prosperous

    Prosperous is the second album by Irish folk musician Christy Moore, released in 1972. His first album, Paddy On The Road was recorded by Dominic Behan in 1969 and has long been out of print. In addition to Moore's guitar and voice, Prosperous featured musicians Andy Irvine, Liam Óg O'Flynn, and Donal Lunny. These four musicians later gave themselves the name, Planxty, making this album something of the first Planxty album in all but name. Other musicians included Kevin Conneff on bodhrán, Clive Collins on fiddle, and Dave Bland on concertina. The album takes its name from the town of Prosperous, County Kildare, where it was recorded by producer Bill Leader. The majority of the songs on the album are traditional, with the exception of "James Connolly" by established folk singer Patrick Galvin, "Tribute to Woody" by Bob Dylan, "The Ludlow Massacre", by Guthrie, "A Letter to Syracuse" by English folksingers Dave Cartwright and Bill Caddick, and "I Wish I Was In England", an early composition by Moore, who would go on to establish himself as a significant songwriter of Irish music. The album opens with a medley of the traditional song "The Raggle Taggle Gipsies" and the harp tune "Tabhair dom do Lámh", which would be the opening track of Planxty's self-titled album released the following year.

Editors Contribution

  1. prosperous

    Be healthy, to have love, our human rights, a house to reside in, be active, able to work and provide for a person or family, to have the freedom to choose and have what we choose in order of priority of optimum health, human rights, right to life, a balanced and moderate income, wealth and resources and living a life with world peace for all with fairness and justness throughout societies and the world.

    To be prosperous is a blessing.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosperous in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prosperous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of prosperous in a Sentence

  1. Mark Twain:

    If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man.

  2. Prashant Agarwal:

    Past is something which can't be changed so it is worthless to cry and regret about it. We all make mistakes in life so it is better to learn from our mistakes in past rather then being stuck in them. Guilt should be progressive so that it reminds us of our wrongdoing and promote us to never repeat it. Learnings from past could help us to make our present positive and prosperous.

  3. Abu Ibrahim:

    The hopes of entire generations have been destroyed, but we will continue our revolution and fulfill our dream, or we will die trying. We dream for Syria a free country – long live Syria – prosperous and strong.

  4. Andrew Holness:

    We are moving on, we intend to...fulfill our true ambitions and destiny as an independent, developed, prosperous country.

  5. Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao:

    A unified, stable, prosperous EU is in line with China's basic interests. China's position on this has never changed.

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  • مزدهرArabic
  • pròsperCatalan, Valencian
  • florierend, günstig, wohlhabend, blühend, erfolgreich, reichGerman
  • próspero, ricoSpanish
  • vauras, menestyvä, onnekasFinnish
  • réussissant, prospère, favorable, riche, florissantFrench
  • समृद्धHindi
  • sikeres, jómódúHungarian
  • MakmurIndonesian
  • prosperoItalian
  • משגשגHebrew
  • 繁栄, 順調Japanese
  • cunctis prospere agens:Latin
  • houkuraMāori
  • welvarend, voorspoedig, geslaagd, gelukkig, succesvol, welgesteldDutch
  • velståendeNorwegian
  • prósperoPortuguese
  • бога́тый, благополу́чный, состоя́тельный, обеспе́ченный, преуспева́ющий, успе́шный, процвета́ющий, благоприя́тный, уда́чливый, зажи́точныйRussian
  • dobrostojna, dobrostojanSerbo-Croatian
  • välmåendeSwedish
  • 繁荣Chinese

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    a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping
    • A. leaven
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    • C. crate
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