fortunate Definition

  • 1having good luck; lucky
  • 2bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain

Using fortunate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fortunate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I feel fortunate to have such a loving family.

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    It was fortunate that the fire didn't spread to other buildings.

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    She was fortunate enough to win the lottery.

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    We were fortunate to find a parking spot right in front of the restaurant.

fortunate Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using fortunate

  • strike it fortunate

    to have a sudden and unexpected success or good fortune


    After years of struggling, she finally struck it fortunate with her bestselling novel.

  • the fickle finger of fate/fortune

    the unpredictable nature of luck or destiny


    One day you're on top of the world, the next day the fickle finger of fate can bring you down.

  • to achieve success or wealth through one's own efforts


    He came from humble beginnings but made his own fortune through hard work and determination.

Phrases with fortunate

  • a person who is born into a wealthy or influential family and enjoys privileges or advantages as a result


    He was a fortunate son, inheriting his father's business empire.

  • fortunate turn of events

    an unexpected change of circumstances that brings about a positive outcome


    The company's fortunes changed after a fortunate turn of events led to a major contract.

  • a mistake that turns out to have a positive outcome


    Forgetting my phone at home turned out to be a fortunate mistake, as I met my future spouse on the train.

Origins of fortunate

from Latin 'fortunatus', meaning 'prospered, lucky'


Summary: fortunate in Brief

The term 'fortunate' [ˈfɔːtʃənət] refers to having good luck or bringing unexpected good things. It describes people, events, and outcomes, as in 'I feel fortunate to have such a loving family.' 'Fortunate' extends into phrases like 'fortunate son,' and idioms like 'strike it fortunate,' denoting sudden success, and 'make one's own fortune,' implying self-made success.

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