\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

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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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Luckily my camera endured the blast (some cameras aren’t always so lucky) and did not get blown away into the bushes. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "How To Photograph a Rocket Launch," 6 July 2018 Kids now were not only different but lucky, the woman thought. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 And lucky us, several more are set to open in the coming years. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 5 distilleries," 4 June 2018 An animal lucky enough to be part of the restaurateur/rancher’s herd in northwestern Spain gets to laze about in mountain pastures redolent of thyme and other fragrant herbs. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Like Your Steak Aged 36 Months? Try 17 Years," 10 July 2018 Guests at the royal celebration will be lucky enough to sample the iconic cake. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Will Serve Their Wedding Cake at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 The letter goes on to say that Indianapolis is lucky to be home to a number of cool, independent businesses. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Thirsty Scholar closure shocks, angers employees and patrons," 21 June 2018 In 2018, most of us are lucky enough not to work with outright bigots. Nick Levine, GQ, "How to Be Gay at Work," 14 June 2018 According to some pundits, point guard Trae Young will be lucky to be the next Lou Williams. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Projecting point guard Trae Young isn't easy. But NBA teams seem to be overthinking it.," 13 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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