[ fawr-chuh-nit ]
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  1. having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky: a fortunate young actor who got the lead in the play.

  2. bringing or indicating good fortune: resulting favorably; auspicious: She made a fortunate decision to go on to medical school.

  1. well-to-do; comfortable; prosperous: a summer camp for less fortunate fourth graders.

Origin of fortunate

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English fortunat, from Latin fortūnātus “made prosperous or happy” (past participle of fortūnāre ); see fortune, -ate1

confusables note For fortunate

Other words from fortunate

  • for·tu·nate·ly, adverb
  • for·tu·nate·ness, noun
  • qua·si-for·tu·nate, adjective
  • qua·si-for·tu·nate·ly, adverb
  • su·per·for·tu·nate, adjective
  • su·per·for·tu·nate·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with fortunate

Words Nearby fortunate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use fortunate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fortunate


/ (ˈfɔːtʃənɪt) /

  1. having good luck; lucky

  2. occurring by or bringing good fortune or luck; auspicious

Derived forms of fortunate

  • fortunateness, noun

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