noun \ˈfr-chən\

: a very large amount of money

: a great amount of money or possessions

: something that happens by chance

Full Definition of FORTUNE

often capitalized :  a hypothetical force or personified power that unpredictably determines events and issues favorably or unfavorably
obsolete :  accident, incident
a :  prosperity attained partly through luck :  success
b :  luck 1
c plural :  the turns and courses of luck accompanying one's progress (as through life) <her fortunes varied but she never gave up>
:  destiny, fate <can tell your fortune>; also :  a prediction of fortune
a :  riches, wealth <a man of fortune>
b :  a store of material possessions <the family fortune>
c :  a very large sum of money <spent a fortune redecorating>

Examples of FORTUNE

  1. He hoped to achieve fame and fortune.
  2. They had the good fortune to escape injury when their car crashed.
  3. The book follows the fortunes of two families through the years.

Origin of FORTUNE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin fortuna; akin to Latin fort-, fors chance, luck, and perhaps to ferre to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: 14th century

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Definition of FORTUNE

transitive verb
obsolete :  to give good or bad fortune to
archaic :  to endow with a fortune
intransitive verb
archaic :  happen, chance

First Known Use of FORTUNE

14th century


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