lucky

adjective
\ 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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Inès was eventually invited back, but real enemies were not so lucky. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers the Unparalleled Energy, Wicked Wit, and Insatiable Curiosity of Karl Lagerfeld," 20 Feb. 2019 However, occasionally a spy can get lucky and find something or take advantage of a situation. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Annual UN gathering a hotbed for spies, many from US adversaries," 26 Sep. 2018 With sunshine most of the day, officials thought the area might get lucky and avoid the heavy rains slated to hit the area, but just after 7 p.m. the heavens opened. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty fireworks go on despite rain," 5 July 2018 Sweetin plays Lucy, a fifth-grade teacher who is surrounded by love — her parents are celebrating their 40th anniversary and her sister is expecting her first child — but feels anything but lucky in that department. Lindsey O'connell, Woman's Day, "Exclusive! Watch a Sneak Peek of Hallmark Channel’s New Movie with Jodie Sweetin from 'Fuller House'," 5 Mar. 2019 Those lucky enough to be at the conference will also be able to experience it via vibrational transducers, feeling the vibrations with their hands as well as listening to the sounds. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The sounds of a Martian sunrise inspire short musical composition," 11 Nov. 2018 And the first two funds just hit a number of companies like very, very lucky. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How to get a job in venture capital," 26 Aug. 2018 Some have gotten lucky, having never been hit by storms or swarms of ravenous sea stars. National Geographic, "These 38 Coral Reefs Are Thriving, Despite Threats," 18 June 2018 In one way, though, Louie has been extremely lucky: For his entire life, his mother has gone to extraordinary lengths to try to cure him. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018

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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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More Definitions for lucky

lucky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lucky

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

lucky

adjective
\ 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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