mid-14c., "a plentiful flowing, an abundance," from Old French affluence, from Latin affluentia "a flowing to," figuratively "affluence, abundance," noun of state from affluentem (nominative affluens) "flowing toward, abounding, rich, copious" (see affluent). Sense of "wealth" attested from c. 1600, from notion of "a plentiful flow" (of the gifts of fortune).
1. Pockets of affluence coexist with poverty.
2. Their affluence is more apparent than real.
3. For them, affluence was bought at the price of less freedom in their work environment.
4. Zurich's affluence came initially from cornering a sizeable chunk of the 14th Century silk trade.
5. There is a lot of affluence in this part of the state because it has many businesses.