What does fortune mean?

Definitions for fortune
ˈfɔr tʃənfor·tune

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. fortunenoun

    Destiny or fate.

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

  2. fortunenoun

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

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

  3. fortunenoun

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

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

  4. fortunenoun

    A chance.

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

  5. fortunenoun

    Good luck.

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

  6. fortunenoun

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

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

  7. fortunenoun

    A large amount of money

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

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

  8. fortuneverb

    To happen, take place.

    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

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

  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

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

  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

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

  4. Fortunenoun

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

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

  5. Fortunenoun

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

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

  6. Fortunenoun

    to provide with a fortune

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

  7. Fortunenoun

    to presage; to tell the fortune of

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

  8. Fortuneverb

    to fall out; to happen

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

Freebase

  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

How to pronounce fortune?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  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. La Bruy?re:

    There is nothing keeps longer than a middling fortune, and nothing melts away sooner than a great one. Poverty treads upon the heels of great and unexpected riches.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    You may not be able to give out all your resources/riches/fortune to the needy/helpless. But, you can give out some part of it/them just to advance the cause of the needy/helpless.

  3. Sandeep Aggarwal:

    Fortune followed the brave...take risks, you will also get suitably rewarded!

  4. Frank Wells:

    I thought he had got a Chinese fortune cook that said something like( humility was the final achievement) not his quote but he kept it on his desk he died way to soon such a great businessman

  5. Jamela Dunbar:

    Money and power is the biggest rat race in our nation today. It is the root of every evil, to gain more control over the poor to keep them in castration. In these modern times, money and power rules. Starting from the top to the bottom, of the hierarchy. Both coming from old money and new money. The split between being born rich with a silver spoon in your mouth, or being born poor living in Ghetto. Or the unforeseen fortune of the poor moving from rags to riches. To eat from the same rich man's plate.”

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