- 1Favoured by or involving good luck; lucky: [with infinitive]: she’d been fortunate to escape serious injury it was fortunate that the weather was goodMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Auspicious or favourable: a most fortunate match for our daughterMore example sentences
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
- 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.
- 1.2Materially well off; prosperous: a federal programme aimed at helping less fortunate familiesMore example sentences
- 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).