[ fawr-chuhn ]
/ ˈfɔr tʃən /


verb (used with object), for·tuned, for·tun·ing.

Archaic. to endow (someone or something) with a fortune.

verb (used without object), for·tuned, for·tun·ing.

Archaic. to chance or happen; come by chance.

Idioms for fortune

    tell someone's fortune, to profess to inform someone of future events in his or her own life; foretell.

Origin of fortune

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin fortūna chance, luck, fortune, derivative of fort- (stem of fors) chance


for·tune·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for fortune

/ (ˈfɔːtʃən) /


an amount of wealth or material prosperity, esp, when unqualified, a great amount
small fortune a large sum of money
a power or force, often personalized, regarded as being responsible for human affairs; chance
luck, esp when favourable
(often plural) a person's lot or destiny


  1. (tr) to endow with great wealth
  2. (intr) to happen by chance

Derived forms of fortune

fortuneless, adjective

Word Origin for fortune

C13: from Old French, from Latin fortūna, from fors chance
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Idioms and Phrases with fortune


see make a fortune.

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