What does fortune mean?

Definitions for fortune
ˈfɔr tʃənfor·tune

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fortune.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. luck, fortune, chance, hazardnoun

    an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

    "bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance"

  2. fortunenoun

    a large amount of wealth or prosperity

  3. luck, fortunenoun

    an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome

    "it was my good luck to be there"; "they say luck is a lady"; "it was as if fortune guided his hand"

  4. fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portionnoun

    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

    "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"


  1. fortunenoun

    Destiny or fate.

  2. fortunenoun

    A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller.

  3. fortunenoun

    A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.

  4. fortunenoun

    A chance.

  5. fortunenoun

    Good luck.

  6. fortunenoun

    One's wealth; the amount of money one has; especially, if it is vast.

  7. fortunenoun

    A large amount of money

    That car must be worth a fortune! How could you afford it?

  8. fortuneverb

    To happen, take place.

  9. Etymology: From fortuna. The plural form fortunae meant, which also gave the meaning of.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortunenoun

    the arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident; luck; hap; also, the personified or deified power regarded as determining human success, apportioning happiness and unhappiness, and distributing arbitrarily or fortuitously the lots of life

  2. Fortunenoun

    that which befalls or is to befall one; lot in life, or event in any particular undertaking; fate; destiny; as, to tell one's fortune

  3. Fortunenoun

    that which comes as the result of an undertaking or of a course of action; good or ill success; especially, favorable issue; happy event; success; prosperity as reached partly by chance and partly by effort

  4. Fortunenoun

    wealth; large possessions; large estate; riches; as, a gentleman of fortune

  5. Fortunenoun

    to make fortunate; to give either good or bad fortune to

  6. Fortunenoun

    to provide with a fortune

  7. Fortunenoun

    to presage; to tell the fortune of

  8. Fortuneverb

    to fall out; to happen

  9. Etymology: [OF. fortuner, L. fortunare. See Fortune, n.]


  1. Fortune

    Fortune is a global business magazine published by Time Inc. and founded by Henry Luce in 1930. The publishing business, consisting of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated, grew to become Time Warner. In turn, AOL grew as it acquired Time Warner in 2000 when Time Warner was the world's largest media conglomerate. Fortune's primary competitors in the national business magazine category are Forbes, which is also published bi-weekly, and Bloomberg Businessweek. The magazine is especially known for its annual features ranking companies by revenue. CNNMoney.com is the online home of Fortune, in addition to Money.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fortune

    for′tūn, n. whatever comes by lot or chance: luck: the arbitrary ordering of events: the lot that falls to one in life: success: wealth.—v.i. to befall.—v.t. to determine.—adj. For′tunāte, happening by good fortune: lucky: auspicious: felicitous.—adv. For′tunātely.—ns. For′tunāteness; For′tune-book, a book helpful in telling fortunes.—adj. For′tuned, supplied by fortune.—n. For′tune-hunt′er, a man who hunts for marriage with a woman of fortune.—adj. For′tuneless, without a fortune: luckless.—v.i. For′tune-tell, to reveal futurity: to tell one his fortune.—ns. For′tune-tell′er, one who pretends to foretell one's fortune; For′tune-tell′ing.—v.t. For′tunīse (Spens.), to make fortunate or happy. [Fr.,—L. fortuna.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fortune' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4417

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fortune' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3536

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fortune' in Nouns Frequency: #1359

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortune in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortune in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of fortune in a Sentence

  1. Proverb:

    Women, fortune,and gold, favour fools

  2. J. S. Bryan:

    Many men can make a fortune by very few can build a family.

  3. Naison Maravanyika:

    These roads are not for amateurs, no one is fixing these roads, but we are paying a fortune to Zinara (the Zimbabwe National Road Authority).

  4. Carlos Queiroz:

    We need to know what's going on and nobody allows me to see, you have one system which costs a fortune...and nobody takes responsibility. When there is a decision with VAR, we need to know who is refereeing the game.

  5. Tian Xiling:

    I would want three kids if I had been allowed ! But it was in the 1980s -- raising kids was much easier then, now my son can't afford a second child. Food, clothing, education... all cost a fortune today.

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    an untroubled state; free from disturbances
    • A. troop
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