\ ˈlə-kē How to pronounce lucky (audio) \
luckier; luckiest

Definition of lucky

1 : having good luck
2 : happening by chance : fortuitous
3 : producing or resulting in good by chance : favorable
4 : seeming to bring good luck a lucky rabbit's foot

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Other Words from lucky

luckiness \ ˈlə-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce luckiness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for lucky

lucky, fortunate, happy, providential mean meeting with unforeseen success. lucky stresses the agency of chance in bringing about a favorable result. won because of a lucky bounce fortunate suggests being rewarded beyond one's deserts. fortunate in my investments happy combines the implications of lucky and fortunate with stress on being blessed. a series of happy accidents providential more definitely implies the help or intervention of a higher power. a providential change in the weather

Examples of lucky in a Sentence

We're lucky that things turned out as well as they did. I feel lucky to be alive. I count myself lucky to know you. “I managed to get a ticket!” “Lucky you! They were all sold out by the time I got there.” Tickets were available only for the lucky few. The lucky winner will be given a brand new car. I know you'll enjoy the show if you're lucky enough to get a ticket. Congratulations on getting the job, you lucky dog . He scored a goal on a lucky shot. Their meeting was a lucky accident.
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North Carolina, though, wasn't so lucky as the storm swirled closer and closer to the shoreline. Christopher Martin,, "36 hours of pummeling just one spot made Dorian unique," 12 Sep. 2019 While some people are lucky enough to have neighbors who lend a helping hand — or a spoonful of sugar — in a heartbeat, a LOL-worthy Reddit thread proves that's not always the case. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "These Neighbor Horror Stories Will Make You Cringe (and Then Hug Your Neighbor)," 11 Sep. 2019 People in most of the rest of the country aren’t so lucky as to have Meyers and his band making multiple stops nearby. John Adamian,, "Best bets: Our 7 picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 8 Sep. 2019 Fortunately, both emerged unscathed, though a 17-month-old baby just one car away wasn't so lucky. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Thank-You Note Left on Odessa Police Officer's Car Leads to Emotional Meeting," 5 Sep. 2019 Smith, who works as a software engineer in San Francisco, isn’t so lucky. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "Renters with disabilities sue Oakland for housing discrimination," 28 Aug. 2019 Flaherty isn’t certain Democrats running for the chance to unseat U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, will be so lucky. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Colorado Democrats usually play nice with each other. That could change in 2020.," 25 Aug. 2019 There’s usually ample space inside the Dallas mega center for everyone to have a seat or find a spot against a wall, but those who have visited other area DPS centers this summer have not been so lucky. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "DPS 'mega centers' keep drivers waiting despite extra funding, political pressure," 19 Aug. 2019 Apple’s iPhone was one of the main beneficiaries of the move, but other tech gadgets weren’t so lucky. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Trump Tariff Buying Guide: When to Buy Imported Chinese Tech, From Apple to Roku," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lucky

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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The first known use of lucky was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of lucky

: having good luck
: producing a good result by chance : resulting from good luck


\ ˈlə-kē How to pronounce lucky (audio) \
luckier; luckiest

Kids Definition of lucky

1 : helped by luck : fortunate a lucky person
2 : happening because of good luck a lucky hit
3 : thought of as bringing good luck a lucky charm

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