fortunate

adjective 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!

fortunateness

noun

Examples of fortunate in a Sentence

  1. How fortunate we were to find that restaurant!

  2. We should try to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century

Synonym Discussion of fortunate

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


FORTUNATE Defined for English Language Learners

fortunate

adjective

Definition of fortunate for English Language Learners

  • : having good luck : enjoying good fortune

  • : coming or happening because of good luck


FORTUNATE Defined for Kids

fortunate

adjective for·tu·nate \ ˈfȯr-chə-nət \

Definition of fortunate for Students

1 :bringing a good result
  • a fortunate discovery
2 :having good luck :lucky She was fortunate to have avoided injury.

fortunately

adverb


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