\ˈlə-kē \
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 \ 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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But there are players who aren't that lucky, who are playing in Westchester, N.Y., in front of 800 people. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Diana Taurasi Still Putting On Shows In Connecticut," 14 July 2018 This suspected thief in Abilene did the same thing and lucky for us, it was all caught on tape. Francisca Ortega, Houston Chronicle, "Watch this suspected thief forget where his car is parked," 13 July 2018 So lucky that the Bridgewater carpenter bought nine Mass Cash tickets from four different locations for that day’s drawing, all using his usual combination of numbers: 1-7-11-26-30., "New England news in brief," 13 July 2018 Fans were enthusiastic and happy-go-lucky, but there was little authentic soccer culture about them. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russia Is Out of the Russian World Cup," 7 July 2018 However, the Opportunity rover, which has been on Mars for nearly 15 years, has not been so lucky, effectively going into sleep mode during the storm. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "NASA unveils stunning 'blue dune' image seen on Mars," 22 June 2018 Many families won’t be lucky, John Sandweg, former acting director of ICE under President Obama, told NBC News. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Reuniting Families Separated at the Border Won’t Be Easy," 20 June 2018 Other folks got lucky, and celebrated by thrusting their hands in the air and doing happy dances. Barbara Henry,, "No lack of sugar-sweet fun at fair's theme building," 8 June 2018 Bank of America got lucky, too, because the family returned the money. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Bank of America accidentally sent a North Carolina man $1 million. He 'freaked out.'," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of lucky

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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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 \
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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