\ 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 lucky (audio) \ noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web My colleagues Hannah Fry and Robin Estrin report that a combination of lucky ocean currents and fast action by local officials has helped to protect coastal wetlands and prevent harsher impacts, at least so far. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The goal was to begin to create a realistic portrait of the 20% of people with disabilities lucky enough to have a job. Denise Brodey, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Even those lucky enough to live within striking distance—or to be able to travel far and experience the greatest wild places—find constant reminders of loss. Jordan Salama, Scientific American, 12 Oct. 2021 Palvin shared photos to her Instagram account, of the couple looking lucky in love and dapper as ever! Tristan Balagtas,, 11 Oct. 2021 But the Giants plan to churning out content on social media that brings the experience inside Oracle Park to the fans not lucky enough to be inside. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Oct. 2021 If those are their worst problems, the Senate will be lucky to welcome any of these candidates., 5 Oct. 2021 Sometimes those patients get lucky and get transferred to Fairbanks or Anchorage. Mark Thiessen And Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Oct. 2021 It must be noted that New England was lucky to escape Baltimore in the AFC title round, getting help from Ravens WR Lee Evans and K Billy Cundiff. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021

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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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19 Oct 2021

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“Lucky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lucky

: having good luck : fortunate
: 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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