Definition of fortunate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːtʃ(ə)nət/


1Favoured by or involving good luck; lucky: [with infinitive]: she’d been fortunate to escape 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, favoured, blessed, blessed with good luck, in luck, born with a silver spoon in one's mouth, born under a lucky star, having a charmed life, charmed, happy
informal sitting pretty
British informal jammy
1.1Auspicious or favourable: 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.
favourable, advantageous, providential, auspicious, welcome, heaven-sent, beneficial, propitious, fortuitous, promising, encouraging, fruitful, opportune, happy, felicitous, profitable, gainful, rewarding, helpful, useful, valuable, timely, well timed, convenient, expedient
archaic seasonable
1.2Materially well off; prosperous: a federal programme aimed at helping less fortunate families
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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.
wealthy, rich, affluent, opulent, prosperous, well off, moneyed, well-to-do, well heeled, comfortable;
favoured, privileged, advantaged, socially advantaged, enviable;
successful, flourishing


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

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