\ 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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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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Cheryl Reeve felt lucky with the way the WNBA schedule broke for the Lynx this season. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Lynx head into second half needing minor adjustments," 1 Aug. 2019 So me and my squad will be front row in theaters this fall, and eagerly waiting to see which beauty brand is lucky enough to scoop her up as their next face. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This Queen Needs To Be The Next Face Of Your Favorite Beauty Brand," 30 July 2019 View this post on Instagram So lucky to call these three my valentines for all these years. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Michelle Obama Talked About Parenting With Meghan Markle in a Beautiful Interview in 'British Vogue'," 30 July 2019 Kall said Castro was lucky to be staged with former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner who stumbled during the first debate. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "In this week's Democratic presidential debates, is it make or break for Beto O'Rourke, Julián Castro?," 29 July 2019 For those lucky enough to find themselves on the other side of the velvet rope, attending an ePrix is a pretty fun event. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E five years on: Cars Technica grades the electric racing series," 23 July 2019 Finally one lucky fan figured it out and mentioned that Beetlejuice's tombstone could be found in Mr. Clarke's town model. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything the "Stranger Things" Writers Have Revealed About Season 3," 18 July 2019 Many others aren’t so lucky and either drown or starve to death, if the entanglement compromises their ability to feed. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 This, ultimately, is what expedition cruising is about: not conquering, but being lucky enough to see and to listen. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "These New Expedition Cruises Take Travelers to the World’s Most Remote Corners," 28 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of lucky

: having good luck
: 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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