for·tu·nate | \ˈfȯrch-nət, ˈfȯr-chə-\

Definition of fortunate 

1 : bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain : auspicious made a fortunate investment

2 : receiving some unexpected good How fortunate we are to get such a nice room!

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from fortunate

fortunateness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for fortunate

lucky, fortunate, happy, providential mean meeting with unforeseen success. lucky stresses the agency of chance in bringing about a favorable result. won because of a lucky bounce fortunate suggests being rewarded beyond one's deserts. fortunate in my investments happy combines the implications of lucky and fortunate with stress on being blessed. a series of happy accidents providential more definitely implies the help or intervention of a higher power. a providential change in the weather

Examples of fortunate in a Sentence

How fortunate we were to find that restaurant! We should try to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Recent Examples on the Web

Kay identifies as gay and feels fortunate to have grown up so in Australia. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Singer-Songwriter Georgi Kay Talks 'Hiding From the World' to Connect Through Isolation: Exclusive 'Lone Wolf' Video Premiere," 10 July 2018 At the same time, Lyew simply feels fortunate to be alive. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Where is the Mercedes that a witness says 'seemed to accelerate' as it hit cyclist?," 27 June 2018 But don't think the Rangers feel fortunate to have missed out on him. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Ohtani might need Tommy John surgery. Are Rangers breathing a sigh of relief?," 11 June 2018 The megastars loved him and felt fortunate to be in his presence. Peter King,, "Six Ways To Draft Day: How First Half-Dozen Picks May Go," 15 Apr. 2018 Not all of us are fortunate to have that rich uncle or have parents that have generational wealth. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "Meet the Entrepreneur Making Lipstick for Working Women," 3 July 2018 The teacher was an elegant, soft-spoken woman, which was fortunate, because the language was a beast. Thomas Swick, Longreads, "Letters from Trenton," 5 July 2018 Had Firth not been so fortunate, Dr. Rager told the East Idaho News, the father of two might not have survived. Maria Pasquini,, "Father, 43, Survives Being Impaled by Huge Metal Spear," 12 July 2018 In addition to creditors, investors who speculated on such a fortunate, if once unlikely, turn of events by buying up the claims of others stand to reap major profits from the Mt. Gox disaster. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "$1 Billion Bitcoins Lost in Mt. Gox Hack to Be Returned to Victims," 22 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fortunate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fortunate

Phrases Related to fortunate

consider oneself lucky/fortunate

Statistics for fortunate

Last Updated

23 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fortunate

The first known use of fortunate was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fortunate



English Language Learners Definition of fortunate

: having good luck : enjoying good fortune

: coming or happening because of good luck


for·tu·nate | \ˈfȯr-chə-nət \

Kids Definition of fortunate

1 : bringing a good result a fortunate discovery

2 : having good luck : lucky She was fortunate to have avoided injury.

Other Words from fortunate

fortunately adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on fortunate

What made you want to look up fortunate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!