for·​tu·​nate | \ ˈfȯrch-nət How to pronounce fortunate (audio) , ˈfȯr-chə- \

Definition of fortunate

1 : bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain : auspicious made a fortunate investment
2 : receiving some unexpected good How fortunate we are to get such a nice room!

Other Words from fortunate

fortunateness 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 fortunate in a Sentence

How fortunate we were to find that restaurant! We should try to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves.
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First Known Use of fortunate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fortunate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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for·​tu·​nate | \ ˈfȯr-chə-nət How to pronounce fortunate (audio) \

Kids Definition of fortunate

1 : bringing a good result a fortunate discovery
2 : having good luck : lucky She was fortunate to have avoided injury.

Other Words from fortunate

fortunately adverb

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