noun for·tune \ ˈfȯr-chən \
Updated on: 19 Jan 2018

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
2 obsolete : accident, incident
3 a : prosperity attained partly through luck : success
  • fortune attended the general's campaign
b : luck 1
c fortunes plural : the turns and courses of luck accompanying one's progress (as through life)
  • her fortunes varied but she never gave up
4 : destiny, fate
  • can tell your fortune
; also : a prediction of fortune
5 a : riches, wealth
  • a man of fortune
b : a store of material possessions
  • the family fortune
c : a very large sum of money
  • spent a fortune redecorating

Examples of fortune in a Sentence

  1. He hoped to achieve fame and fortune.

  2. They had the good fortune to escape injury when their car crashed.

  3. The book follows the fortunes of two families through the years.

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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

fortune Synonyms

Related Words
circumstance, destiny, doom, fate, hap, kismet, lot, portion; futurities, outlook, prospect
Near Antonyms




Definition of fortune

fortuned; fortuning
transitive verb
1 obsolete : to give good or bad fortune to
2 archaic : to endow with a fortune
intransitive verb
archaic : happen, chance

Origin and Etymology of fortune

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


noun for·tune \ ˈfȯr-chən \

Definition of fortune for Students

1 : a large sum of money
2 : what happens to a person : good or bad luck
3 : what is to happen to someone in the future
  • I had my fortune told.
4 : wealth 1 They are a family of great fortune.

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