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 The 49ers are fortunate to have an incredible defense that just couldn’t stop Mahomes from being Mahomes down the stretch, which has happened to a lot of teams this year. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "It's still hard to believe that Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers let THAT happen to them," 4 Feb. 2020 That is fortunate as most projections suggested a 3-2 outcome. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "New York Islanders at Dallas Stars odds, picks and best bets," 7 Dec. 2019 An offense that went punch-for-punch with LSU and Oklahoma State in September was fortunate to even score in the first half against Baylor. Nick Moyle,, "Texas’ spiral continues in loss to Baylor," 23 Nov. 2019 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

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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Feb 2020

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“Fortunate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 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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