\ 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 lucky (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The sheriff’s deputy had said Woods was lucky to come out of it alive. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Tiger Woods’s Car Crash Was Caused by Unsafe Speeding," 7 Apr. 2021 High school sports have returned and parents have been lucky enough to be allowed to enter the stadiums and cheer on their sons and daughters. Christina Hyder,, "School days and activities return, bringing a sense of normalcy amid pandemic | NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE," 7 Apr. 2021 This doesn’t mean their timeline alignment problem goes away, and the Warriors will need to get a little lucky in the NBA draft lottery. Patrick Murray, Forbes, "5 Reasons For Optimism On The Golden State Warriors Long-Term Future," 6 Apr. 2021 And proud alumni and Waco residents Chip and Joanna Gaines were lucky enough to see the NCAA Tournament final game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in-person at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Chip Gaines Shares Excitement Courtside at Baylor's NCAA Tournament Win: "Good Things Happen to Good People!"," 6 Apr. 2021 However, the second rocket stage — which jumps into action once the first stage is done burning and detaches — doesn’t get nearly as lucky. Mike Wehner, BGR, "SpaceX had to make a special trip to a farmer’s house," 5 Apr. 2021 In the scheme of things, people who have jobs are lucky. New York Times, "We Have All Hit a Wall," 2 Apr. 2021 My family was lucky, but our good fortune had little to do with the location of our home. Michael Agresta, Curbed, "Did the Texas Blackouts Reveal Austin’s New Real-Estate Hot Spots?," 29 Mar. 2021 Those of us who’ve had the privilege of access to quality parks all these years are lucky. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "City secures 82 acres for a new park in the heart of southern Dallas in a first-of-its-kind deal," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Lucky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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