fortunate

adjective
for·​tu·​nate | \ ˈfȯrch-nət How to pronounce fortunate (audio) , 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!

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Other Words from fortunate

fortunateness noun

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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.

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In the past, the councilwoman said, San Jose has been fortunate because residents have lived relatively harmoniously, without riots or uprisings. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "San Jose council passes budget after bitter debate about equity," 11 June 2019 And Joyner was fortunate to have reliable infielders in Chris Gomez and Jody Reed, plus the highly athletic Ken Caminiti, who threw rockets from third base. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: What’s up with Padres? Thoughts on Tatis, possible Yates trade & more," 7 June 2019 That’s fortunate, given that HDMI connectors are often found on the rear of the TV. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "IOGear's wireless HDMI extender embeds 60GHz technology in a USB-C dongle," 5 June 2019 Of course, the U.S. is fortunate to control the world’s reserve currency, the Dollar. Therese Shaheen, National Review, "China’s ‘New Long March’," 5 June 2019 Some applicants are fortunate to get a 10-year visa. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "The US just added one more requirement for visa applicants to stress about," 2 June 2019 Switzerland was fortunate to still be alive at that point. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Emil Forsberg delivers as Sweden reaches World Cup quarterfinals with 1-0 win over Switzerland," 3 July 2018 Gloria lives on in the memories of her friends and family who were fortunate enough to be part of her spirited life. courant.com, "Gloria Morcaldi McGeever," 24 June 2018 My specific store is fortunate enough to be very diverse in not only color, but also in regards to religion, gender, and orientation. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "4 Starbucks Employees on What the Racial-Bias Training Was Really Like," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fortunate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fortunate

: having good luck : enjoying good fortune
: coming or happening because of good luck

fortunate

adjective
for·​tu·​nate | \ ˈfȯr-chə-nət How to pronounce fortunate (audio) \

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

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