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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This little boy’s first-ever day of school wasn’t so easy — but luckily his bus driver was there to help get him through. Georgia Slater,, "Bus Driver Holds Nervous 4-Year-Old’s Hand on His First-Ever Day of School: 'Buddy, You Got This'," 13 Sep. 2019 In Arizona Humane Society's care, Sumo needed a tooth extracted and his ears cleaned but luckily was healthy otherwise. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Sumo the big kitty and more up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 23 Aug. 2019 The traditional system has its issues, but luckily there are modern alternatives in the market that now give creators options capable of shortening timeframes and covering all royalty types. Joe Conyers Iii, Billboard, "How to Avoid Some of the Painful Parts of Music Publishing (Guest Op-Ed)," 13 June 2019 Though the role was of course eventually given to Cole Sprouse, Chance luckily landed safe and sound in the creepy neighboring town of Greendale! Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Actor Chance Perdomo Auditioned for Jughead on "Riverdale"," 2 Nov. 2018 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

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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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to spread over or through

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