fortune Definition

  • 1chance or luck, especially in the way it affects one's life
  • 2a large amount of money or assets
  • 3a person's destiny or fate

Using fortune: Examples

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

  • Example

    She had the good fortune to inherit a fortune from her grandfather.

  • Example

    He made his fortune in real estate.

  • Example

    It was my fortune to meet him at the conference.

  • Example

    I wish you good fortune in your future endeavors.

fortune Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for fortune

Idioms Using fortune

  • something that is very beautiful or impressive


    The sunset over the ocean was a fortune to behold.

  • strike it lucky/rich

    to suddenly become very lucky or rich


    He struck it lucky when he won the lottery.

  • down on one's luck

    experiencing a period of bad luck or misfortune


    After losing his job, he was down on his luck for a while.

Phrases with fortune

  • a game show in which contestants spin a wheel and win prizes depending on where it stops


    I won a trip to Hawaii on Wheel of Fortune.

  • tell someone's fortune

    to predict someone's future using methods like astrology or palm reading


    The fortune teller told me that I would meet the love of my life soon.

  • to become very rich


    He made a fortune by investing in tech startups.

Origins of fortune

from Old French 'fortune', from Latin 'fortuna', meaning 'luck'


Summary: fortune in Brief

The term 'fortune' [ˈfɔːtʃuːn] refers to chance or luck, often with significant impact on one's life. It can also denote a large amount of money or assets, as in 'He made his fortune in real estate.' 'Fortune' extends into phrases like 'wheel of fortune,' and idioms like 'a fortune to behold,' denoting something beautiful or impressive. 'Down on one's luck' implies experiencing a period of misfortune.

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