luckier; luckiest
: having good luck
: happening by chance : fortuitous
: producing or resulting in good by chance : favorable
: seeming to bring good luck
a lucky rabbit's foot
luckiness 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Dutch music journalist Paul Barewijk stumbled upon the couple having a breakfast date at the Beverly Hills Hotel and was lucky enough to snag a few photos. Diane J. Cho, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023 Those lucky enough to be inside the Apollo were each given a free commemorative T-shirt and treated to complimentary drinks. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 21 Jan. 2023 The Stars have been lucky this season with injuries. Peter Warren, Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2023 But Newsom has been lucky for several reasons since taking office four years ago. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 Chris: No one won the big mega millions jackpot last night, which means Friday the 13th could be lucky. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2023 John Gilbert, the coordinator for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Montrose search-and-rescue team, told The Post that Zelada and Fields were lucky. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2022 Michael Bay movies are known for their big explosions and action set pieces, and though precautions are taken to ensure nobody gets hurt, authorities in Italy are alleging that one poor soul wasn't so lucky. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 13 Jan. 2023 Wednesday night and Thursday's news on Haliburton was a sign that the Pacers might not be so lucky in the second half. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Lucky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


luckier; luckiest
: favored by luck : fortunate
: producing a good result apparently by chance
a lucky hit
: seeming to bring good luck
a lucky coin
luckiness noun

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