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, hazard(noun)

    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. fortune(noun)

    a large amount of wealth or prosperity

  3. luck, fortune(noun)

    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, portion(noun)

    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. fortune(Noun)

    Destiny or fate.

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

  2. fortune(Noun)

    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. fortune(Noun)

    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. fortune(Noun)

    A chance.

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

  5. fortune(Noun)

    Good luck.

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

  6. fortune(Noun)

    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. fortune(Noun)

    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. fortune(Verb)

    To happen, take place.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortune(noun)

    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. Fortune(noun)

    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. Fortune(noun)

    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. Fortune(noun)

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

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

  5. Fortune(noun)

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

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

  6. Fortune(noun)

    to provide with a fortune

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

  7. Fortune(noun)

    to presage; to tell the fortune of

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

  8. Fortune(verb)

    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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British National Corpus

  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?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
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How to say fortune in sign language?

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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. Machiavelli:

    I have often thought that the cause of men?s good or ill fortune depends on whether they make their actions fit with the times. A man having prospered by one mode of acting can never be persuaded that it may be well for him to act differently, whence it is that a man?s Fortune varies, because she changes her times and he does not his ways.

  2. Ambrose Bierce:

    Calamities are of two kinds misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

  3. Samuel Smiles:

    It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one but the success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest better lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune...

  4. Andrew Wheeler:

    While that’s flattering, I am not thinking about it, no, i could have put my hat in the ring for the administrator. I wasn’t interested in that. I am still not interested in that. Trump said Wheeler would assume duties as acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright! Trump tweeted on July 5. Here are 3 things you need to know about the interim EPA chief before he officially changes roles. A former coal industry lobbyist, Wheeler helped lead an industry fight against regulations aimed at protecting Americans' health and addressing climate change. Many in the industry argued that the regulations would stifle business. Throughout his decades-long career, Wheeler has reportedly lobbied for at least 20 different companies, includingSargento Foods Inc., Whirlpool Corporation, and Xcel Energy, among others. During his time as a lobbyist, Wheelerworked alongside Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by 85 percent and reserve a piece of the land for uranium mining, Fortune Magazine reported. In recent years, Wheeler has lobbied for Energy Fuels Resources Inc. and Murray Energy Corporation, which is run by longtime Trump supporter Robert Murray, who spent roughly $300,000 on the president's inauguration, according toThe New York Times. Wheeler worked for the EPA in the early 1990s, focusing on chemicals and toxic substance-related issues during the Bush and Clinton administrations. He later transitioned into the role of staff chief of the Senate Environment Committee andserved as counsel to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. Wheeler joined the international law firmFaegre Baker Daniels after his stint at the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. During his time at the firm, he helped counsel a variety of clients on comprehensive legislative, regulatory and operational strategies, the firm states on its website. He worked on every major piece of environmental and energy-related legislation before Congress over the span of a decade, ProPublica reported.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Successful people don't just dream, but also pursue their Dreams with Passion and Perseverance until they achieve Success. Fortune always favors those who help themselves, and Success comes those who work smart.

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