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 Everyone here is very fortunate to be in each other’s presence because a lot of the guys are very uplifting and positive. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles promote top pick Adley Rutschman to Delmarva after hot stretch in Aberdeen: ‘You can see him settling in’," 20 Aug. 2019 What if India’s obsession with Bollywood could help the less fortunate? Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "A new fundraising site will let fans hang out with Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt—for a cause," 20 Aug. 2019 Those who weren't fortunate enough to catch the first installment are likely wondering how to watch Why Women Kill. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Why Women Kill' Just Premiered and People Are Already Losing It," 15 Aug. 2019 The Beatles made the best of showbiz apparatus, beyond anyone else who was fortunate enough to be challenged with that opportunity — except perhaps Frank Sinatra. Armond White, National Review, "Yesterday Is Cynical, Fake Nostalgia," 28 June 2019 Shepard Meadows was truly fortunate to have Petra as their friend and benefactor., "Petra Elaine Shearer," 17 Sep. 2019 Jane loved to travel and felt very fortunate to make several trips to Europe and throughout the US and Canada., "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/1," 1 Sep. 2019 Explain yourself: Prater is one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL, and given the state of kicking in the league, the Lions should feel fortunate to have him. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' 53-man roster prediction: Tough decisions on defense await," 27 Aug. 2019 Willis knows all too well how fortunate scientists and all Australians are to have these specimens in public collections. Clare Watson, Smithsonian, "Scientists and Miners Team Up to Preserve Opalized Fossils," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Oct 2019

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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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