Definition of fortunate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrCH(ə)nət/


1Favored by or involving good luck or fortune; lucky: [with infinitive]: she’d been fortunate to escape more serious injury it was fortunate that the weather was good
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  • They said it was fortunate that nobody had suffered serious food poisoning.
  • I consider myself very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to move down south.
  • It is a unique stadium and I consider myself very fortunate to have played there.
lucky, favored, blessed, blessed with good luck, in luck, having a charmed life, charmed
informal sitting pretty
1.1Auspicious or favorable: a most fortunate match for our daughter
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  • Some of his most valuable connections flowed from the accident of a fortunate birth.
  • In theory, a currency union can offer economic benefits - but only under fortunate circumstances.
  • Being in such a fortunate position, it has the opportunity to do very well.
favorable, advantageous, providential, auspicious, welcome, heaven-sent, beneficial, propitious, fortuitous, opportune, happy, felicitous
1.2Materially well-off; prosperous: less fortunate children still converged on the soup kitchens
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  • The mass media play a vital role in campaigning for the welfare of less fortunate individuals and families.
  • Sadly, many other families were not as fortunate, and the loss of their loved ones must have been heartbreaking.
  • The benefit of being adopted by one of the more fortunate families was starting to show more and more.


Late Middle English: from Latin fortunatus, from fortuna (see fortune).

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Syllabification: for·tu·nate

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