Definition of fortune
1 often capitalized : a hypothetical force or personified power that unpredictably determines events and issues favorably or unfavorably a country favored by fortune
3a : prosperity attained partly through luck : success fortune attended the general's campaignb : luck 1c fortunes plural : the turns and courses of luck accompanying one's progress (as through life) her fortunes varied but she never gave up
Examples of fortune in a sentence
He hoped to achieve fame and fortune.
They had the good fortune to escape injury when their car crashed.
The book follows the fortunes of two families through the years.
Origin and Etymology of fortune
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin fortuna; akin to Latin fort-, fors chance, luck, and perhaps to ferre to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: 14th century
FORTUNE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fortune for English Language Learners
: a very large amount of money
: a great amount of money or possessions
: something that happens by chance
FORTUNE Defined for Kids
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