luck·​i·​ly | \ ˈlə-kə-lē How to pronounce luckily (audio) \

Definition of luckily

1 : in a lucky manner
2 : fortunately sense 2 luckily, we were on time

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The deadliest disaster for cities are heat waves, which, luckily, provide plenty of lead time, as heat patterns can be detected much farther in advance than storms. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How better weather forecasts are changing the way cities are run," 26 July 2019 Kate Middleton luckily doesn't have to deal with squirmy kids who don't like posing for pictures. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Love Taking Photos with Kate Middleton," 26 June 2019 Finding the needle in the grocery store haystack isn’t easy, but luckily, the PEOPLE editors are here to help. Hannah Chubb,, "PEOPLE Food Awards 2019: The Best New Snacks in Grocery Stores This Year," 5 July 2019 Far From Home — Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Holland, and Zendaya — surprised the young patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and (luckily) the visit was caught on camera. Lauren Huff,, "Watch Spider-Man stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Holland, and Zendaya surprise kids at children's hospital," 1 July 2019 All five visited the Chelsea Flower Show exhibit for a sneak preview on Sunday, and luckily the footage made it to social media. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince William's Comment to Princess Charlotte in a Rare Royal Family Video Is Stumping the Internet," 21 May 2019 Serious mugginess accompanies high temperatures (luckily) being held back in the upper 70s to low 80s. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Warm but rather cloudy with a shower or two around through the weekend," 8 June 2019 The student wrote a blog post about his new pal, and luckily, the right people heard about Carter and stepped in to help. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Student helps panhandler go back to college after he dropped out more than 40 years ago," 6 June 2019 Weightlifting is fun and all but sometimes your body wants something different — and luckily, that’s where this band, created by celebrity trainer Stephen Pasterino, comes in. Grace Gavilanes,, "10 Wellness, Fitness & Feel-Good Products We're Loving This July," 2 July 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 How to pronounce luckily (audio) \

Kids Definition of luckily

: by good luck Luckily no one was hurt.

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