- having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky: a fortunate young actor who got the lead in the play.
- bringing or indicating good fortune: resulting favorably; auspicious: She made a fortunate decision to go on to medical school.
- well-to-do; comfortable; prosperous: a summer camp for less fortunate fourth graders.
Origin of fortunate
Examples from the Web for fortunate
I am fortunate that I have never been deathly ill, but whenever I have the stomach flu, I most certainly feel like I am dying.Why My Norovirus Panic Makes Me Sick
January 5, 2015
“He is fortunate he found himself in the same room,” David Kirkpatrick, author of a book about the website, told the Times.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple
December 9, 2014
She is aware that both personally and professionally, she has been fortunate.Cameroonian Women Fighting Sexism With Tourism
November 7, 2014
“It was the least fortunate or unlucky place to be born female,” she said.The Life of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the (Most Likely) Real 'Mona Lisa'
August 9, 2014
If America is fortunate, the economy will continue to improve, while the 2016 campaign will focus on what ails the country.Stock Market America and the Rest of Us
July 10, 2014
But am I so fortunate as to find you willing to return with me?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Going to his office, he was fortunate enough to find him in, and unengaged.
You are, indeed, fortunate in having escaped from the snare he laid for you.
Unless we are fortunate enough to find some, retreat is inevitable.
We have been most fortunate in finding water, and I am indeed very thankful for it.
- having good luck; lucky
- occurring by or bringing good fortune or luck; auspicious
Word Origin and History for fortunate
late 14c., from Latin fortunatus "prospered, prosperous; lucky, happy," past participle of fortunare "to make prosperous," from fortuna (see fortune). Fortunate Islands "mythical abode of the blessed dead, in the Western Ocean," early 15c., translates Latin Fortunatae Insulae.