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.
Recent Examples on the Web Many places — and people — will not be as fortunate. NBC News, "Buffalo as an oasis? Scientists say a warmer Earth could make colder cities into destinations.," 24 Jan. 2020 While Amazon had a record-breaking holiday season in 2019, brick-and-mortar retail stores weren't as fortunate. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Add Pier 1 to List of Retailers That Will Have Store Closures," 8 Jan. 2020 Ars Technica staffers have been fortunate enough to sample a few games on this list at press events, particularly the bloody-and-fast horror romp of Carrion and the Earthbound-meets-MS-Paint whimsy of Chicory. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "E3 without the lines: System Shock, other games to get 48-hour Steam demos," 11 Dec. 2019 Only 17, with just one album to her name, Billie Eilish became a bona-fide superstar this year, and Milwaukee fans were fortunate enough to see the largest concert audience of her career. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The 15 best Milwaukee concerts of 2019 (and the worst show of the year)," 9 Dec. 2019 Many of you, who are fortunate enough to be able to read this discussion, may shake your heads and wonder just how great is the demand for a service in the community that helps teach people how to read. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: Literacy Council of Carroll County celebrating 40 years," 7 Dec. 2019 Not even the Patriots are fortunate enough to avoid facing any high-end talent on the road to a seventh Super Bowl championship., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 7 Dec. 2019 Sometimes a developer was fortunate enough to gain the cooperation of a city or county, which would issue its own bonds to help pay for the infrastructure that connected the new subdivision to the rest of the community. David Migoya, The Denver Post, "Colorado metro districts and developers create billions in debt, leaving homeowners with soaring tax bills," 5 Dec. 2019 There are two scenes from the summer that Kerin treasures and was fortunate enough to capture with photos. David Kiefer, Executive Editorial Producer,, "Notre Dame Academy grad is volleyball star at Stanford who cherishes role as sister to autistic brother," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fortunate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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 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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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