- 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 fortunately
There is, fortunately, not too much telling of the future in Harry Potter.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
Fortunately, another group is leaning in: Turkish women business leaders.The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman
December 22, 2014
Fortunately, Pomplamoose made some money to offset some of these expenses.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
Fortunately, no one gives a damn about a Daily Beast reporter.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art
December 6, 2014
Fortunately, they are drawn from a pathetic preterite far beneath the contempt of our cultural elite.The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust
November 21, 2014
Fortunately, there was just then a flood of evening sunshine in the air.A Select Party (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Fortunately the corn was not generally housed, and much of that was saved.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
For the turning of the matter in our favour we have fortunately some notable examples.The Conquest of Fear
Fortunately, Mr. Brunton called, and he assisted to while away the time.Life in London
These dogs, fortunately for me, were in the cabin at the time I approached it.Biography of a Slave
- (sentence modifier) it is fortunate that; luckily
- in a fortunate manner
- having good luck; lucky
- occurring by or bringing good fortune or luck; auspicious
Word Origin and History for fortunately
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.