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1 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" [syn: luck, chance, hazard]
2 a large amount of wealth or prosperity
3 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" [syn: luck]
4 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" [syn: destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin fortuna meaning "fate" or "luck". In its plural form fortunae, it meant "possessions" which also gave fortune the meaning of "riches".



  1. Destiny or fate.
  2. A chance.
  3. Good luck.
  4. Lots of riches.



destiny or fate
a chance
good luck
lots of riches


  1. In the context of "obsolete|intransitive": To happen, take place.
    • 1885: It fortuned one night that the Sultan purposed setting out on a journey next morning — Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (Night 20)



  1. Plural of fortuna

Extensive Definition

Fortune may refer to:
The Fortune may refer to:
fortune in German: Fortune
fortune in Spanish: Fortune
fortune in French: Fortune
fortune in Japanese: フォーチュン
fortune in Low German: Fortune

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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