for·​tu·​nate·​ly | \ ˈfȯrch-nət-lē How to pronounce fortunately (audio) , ˈfȯr-chə-\

Definition of fortunately

1 : in a fortunate manner
2 : it is fortunate that fortunately, no one was hurt

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But fortunately, actress Caitriona Balfe is offering a respite by sharing sneak peeks of what's to come for Claire and Jamie on her Instagram account. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actress Caitriona Balfe Just Teased Season 5's First Episode on Instagram," 3 Apr. 2019 Originally, French aimed for a work in bronze, but fortunately switched to marble. Harold Holzer, WSJ, "An American Icon That Almost Wasn’t," 15 Feb. 2019 Your favorite stars took to Instagram to document their Golden Globes adventures, and fortunately for you, the team rounded up the best behind-the-scenes moments for your enjoyment. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 But fortunately for us, plants tend to be variable creatures. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why this Kentucky plant is the 'Manolo Blahniks' of the garden world," 22 June 2018 But fortunately for the Tigers, all three of Austin Bryant, Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins all chose the latter. Tim Bielik,, "Michigan is the latest football team to cancel its spring game: Buckeye Breakfast," 12 Apr. 2018 Fall is the one of the best times of the year to get out in nature, and Amazon's camping sale is fortunately timed for adventurers who need to gear up for the outdoor activities ahead. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Get Ready for Fall Camping With This Amazon Gear Sale," 28 Sep. 2018 Bourasa battled the fire alongside other rescuers from St. Paul Park Volunteer Fire Department in Minnesota, and fortunately no lives were lost. Fox News, "Minnesota firefighter leaves his own wedding to battle blaze," 27 Sep. 2018 And fortunately, this time, there are more than 46 gowns in stock. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Following the Success of Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress, Stella McCartney Is Launching Her First Bridal Collection," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fortunately

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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