What does fortunate mean?

Definitions for fortunate
ˈfɔr tʃə nɪtfor·tu·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fortunateadjective

    having unexpected good fortune

    "other, less fortunate, children died"; "a fortunate choice"

  2. fortunate, goldenadjective

    supremely favored

    "golden lads and girls all must / like chimney sweepers come to dust"

  3. fortunate, rosyadjective

    presaging good fortune

    "she made a fortunate decision to go to medical school"; "rosy predictions"


  1. fortunateadjective

    Coming by good luck or favorable chance.

  2. fortunateadjective

    Bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain.

  3. fortunateadjective

    Presaging happiness.

  4. fortunateadjective


  5. fortunateadjective

    Receiving some unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts.

  6. fortunateadjective

    Lucky, favored by fortune.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fortunateadjective

    Lucky; happy; successful; not subject to miscarriage. Used of persons or actions.

    Etymology: fortunatus, Latin.

    I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you: you have ended my business, and I will merrily accompany you home. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He sigh’d; and could not but their fate deplore,
    So wretched now, so fortunate before. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    No, there is a necessity in fate
    Why still the brave bold man is fortunate:
    He keeps his object ever full in sight,
    And that assurance holds him firm and right:
    True, ’tis a narrow path that leads to bliss,
    But right before there is no precipice;
    Fear makes men look aside, and so their footing miss. Dry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortunatenoun

    coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness; auspicious; as, a fortunate event; a fortunate concurrence of circumstances; a fortunate investment

  2. Fortunatenoun

    receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts; favored with good forune; lucky


  1. Fortunate

    "Fortunate" is a neo soul song from the 1999 motion picture Life and was released on the film's soundtrack. The song was written, composed, produced and arranged by R. Kelly and recorded by Maxwell. "Fortunate" was awarded Best R&B Single of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards and Best R&B/Soul Single at Soul Train Awards. Maxwell was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Male Vocalist and also nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Song of the Year. The song, Maxwell's biggest hit to date, spent eight weeks at number one on the US R&B chart and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It is his first number-one R&B hit, eventually followed by "Pretty Wings" in 2009. The song was made exclusively for the film and was played during the end credits.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fortunate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4543

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fortunate' in Adjectives Frequency: #868

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortunate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortunate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fortunate in a Sentence

  1. Anne Schuchat:

    We are fortunate that there has been an intense effort to get data about women who do get vaccinated while pregnant to understand what happens so other women can learn from that, based on what we know right now we recommend that women be offered vaccines during pregnancy, that they’re eligible to get them and that they can make a choice about it.

  2. Rod Laver:

    I was pretty fortunate this happened for the five years, then when Open tennis came along, and I got a chance to play in the Open ranks, I was a different player, all the amateur guys said: 'Who is this guy now? He doesn't miss too many, he doesn't make mistakes, his second service is as good as his first.'.

  3. Todd McKinnon:

    We're very fortunate in that the whole premise of our product is' boundary-less work environments,'.

  4. Brian Zach:

    It is very much in my blood. I feel very fortunate to have the career I've had and help the people that I've helped. You get to see the difference you make, you get to know the people you help and there are very, very kind people here.

  5. Andy Slavitt:

    If you do the math, there is plenty of supply to continue to vaccinate Americans at 3 million per day, and then some. That's not to mention the fact that there are many doses that have already been distributed into states, i think White House officials're in the fortunate position, White House officials have to remind White House officials, where White House officials have three vaccines approved that are very effective vaccines, but White House officials are also importantly not dependent upon this.

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