for·​tu·​nate·​ly ˈfȯrch-nət-lē How to pronounce fortunately (audio)
: in a fortunate manner
: it is fortunate that
fortunately, no one was hurt

Examples of fortunately in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, fortunately, the indomitable spirit of making advances in AI, along with the specter of fierce competition amongst AI makers, keeps the wheels turning and the lights blazingly on. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Addressing a meeting of activists shortly after the men went missing, Moses proceeded from the assumption that the three men were dead and, as Ganz recalls, that other volunteers would likely die in the course of the summer—a foreboding that, fortunately, proved wrong. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2024 And fortunately, luxury online retailer Rue La La has a stash of on-sale Birkenstocks that are perfect for any and all of your upcoming travel plans. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Price is also an important factor, though fortunately none of these watches cost more than $25 at the time of this writing. Casey Clark, Parents, 9 Feb. 2024 There were about 12,000 gallons of Pinot Noir that the winery deemed to be undrinkable because of smoke taint, and fortunately Sardell was able to distill it into brandy that the winemaking team fell in love with. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 29 Jan. 2024 And fortunately, some of the best deals right now are on comfortable, travel-ready shoes. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 14 Jan. 2024 Though the Macy's tree may be gone, fortunately, Atlanta isn't lacking in Christmas magic. Brandee Gruener, Southern Living, 15 Dec. 2023 This hook, like the tenure of Marcel the monkey, fortunately did not last. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fortunately was in 1548

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“Fortunately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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: it is fortunate : luckily
fortunately it landed right side up
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