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!

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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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The Texans have been fortunate in both areas through the years. John Mcclain, Houston Chronicle, "Texans look for hidden gems on final day of draft," 28 Apr. 2018 The Thorns weren't so fortunate in the 37th minute. Tim Brown,, "Tobin Heath returns as Portland Thorns settle for 1-1 draw with Washington Spirit," 20 Apr. 2018 During his qualifying round, Bell spun out and was fortunate not to slam into a wall. Charlie Hatch,, "Christopher Bell wins NASCAR XFinity Series ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway," 14 July 2018 Argentina managed to get a foothold thanks to a thunderous goal from Angel di Maria and a fortunate deflection, but falling behind only served to wake the French machine up – including Mbappe. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Belgium blasts France for boring, 'anti-football' tactics after World Cup loss," 11 July 2018 Clemson has a fortunate problem at quarterback, where returning starter Kelly Bryant and No. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how Louisville football could actually beat Clemson in 2018," 10 July 2018 The 11-week-old child was fortunate enough to have six close friends and relatives act as godparents. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan gather for Prince Louis' christening," 10 July 2018 Darrell had an immeasurable impact on his family and those fortunate enough to know him well., "Darrell Johnson," 7 July 2018 Some of us have been fortunate enough to force a way through the maze and make a living as artists. Constance Grady, Vox, "They say a preposition is something you should never end a sentence with. That’s nonsense.," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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