\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 Spence, who was at the very back of the line, wasn’t so lucky. Trisha Thadani,, "On 1st day, SF Mayor Breed makes herself at home and invites a few friends," 12 July 2018 Just downhill from the club in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, residents weren’t so lucky. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Green grass, black lava at Guatemala golf club," 3 July 2018 Jordan Henderson was not to be so lucky however, as old Arsenal adversary David Ospina plunged to his left to palm his penalty away., "A Nation Erupts: England Penalty Shootout Glory Sends Shockwaves Around the Country," 3 July 2018 Ruya Kadir, the birthday girl who turned 3 on Saturday, wasn't so lucky. Maria L. La Ganga And Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A speeding ambulance. Asking how a toddler died. 2 boys recall Boise's mass stabbing," 2 July 2018 While those trees were saved, other old growth groves were not so lucky. CBS News, "Mapping the genome of redwoods," 1 July 2018 The two bears spotted in Anthem and Pinetop-Lakeside, however, were not so lucky. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Arizona Game and Fish: Expect more bear sightings in residential areas," 31 May 2018 Other spectators haven't been so lucky in recent years. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "What a blind man gets from the Indy 500: 'That gasoline thunder'," 24 May 2018 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

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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