luck·​i·​ly | \ˈlə-kə-lē \

Definition of luckily 

1 : in a lucky manner

2 : fortunately sense 2 luckily, we were on time

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The on-site restaurant often books out months in advance, but luckily, the room service menu is equally as impressive (Buckley recommends the crab-stuffed donuts with wasabi and chopped egg). Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to London from $422 Round-Trip on Virgin Atlantic," 1 Oct. 2018 Thursday broke up in 2011, regrouped in 2016, and are now celebrating their 20th anniversary with multishow stints in Los Angeles (or rather, Anaheim), New Jersey, New York, and, luckily, Chicago. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "New Jersey posthardcore giants Thursday revisit the two albums that made them legends," 15 June 2018 Mermen, luckily, have all the necessary equipment, but even Broder’s painstaking description of Theo’s physical glory is focused on the magic of the transition of flesh to fin, rather than his organ. Cathleen Schine, New York Times, "The Merman of Her Dreams," 12 June 2018 Clouds and mugginess, luckily, increase a bit less quickly. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Rod Rosenstein delivers a stirring lecture on the rule of law, but actions matter more than words," 8 June 2018 And luckily, organ transplants are no longer experimental, Baumgartner said. Brittany Britto,, "Bel Air resident celebrates 33 years — half her life — since heart transplant at Hopkins," 29 May 2018 Through Your Eyes | #OurPhilly The break in the heat gave us a beautiful sunset Saturday, which @drewcm2020 luckily captured. Aubrey Nagle,, "Why Philly feels squeezed by U.S. economy, Philly Latinos face Trump's America | Morning Newsletter," 9 July 2018 But, luckily for the little girl, that man happened to be Detective Jerry Serratt, who was working with an area-wide law enforcement task force that focused on internet crimes against children. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Mom offered sex with 2-year-old daughter for $1,200. She was talking to a Texas cop," 12 July 2018 But luckily for die-hard fans, many of the hallmarks of a Loverboy showcase remained firmly in place. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Our 5 Favorite Shows From the Men’s Runways in London," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of luckily

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of luckily was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of luckily

—used to say that something good or lucky has happened


luck·​i·​ly | \ˈlə-kə-lē \

Kids Definition of luckily

: by good luck Luckily no one was hurt.

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