• "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
    "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fortunate presaging good fortune "she made a fortunate decision to go to medical school","rosy predictions"
    • adj fortunate supremely favored "golden lads and girls all must / like chimney sweepers come to dust"
    • adj fortunate having unexpected good fortune "other, less fortunate, children died","a fortunate choice"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Gipsy. Have your Fortune told Gipsy. Have your Fortune told
Gipsy Fortune-teller Gipsy Fortune-teller
Study of Fortune Study of Fortune
Fortune and the Boy Fortune and the Boy
Crowd of people round a fortune teller Crowd of people round a fortune teller

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first letter Vanna White ever turned on the game show Wheel of Fortune was the letter "T."
    • Fortunate Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness; auspicious; as, a fortunate event; a fortunate concurrence of circumstances; a fortunate investment.
    • Fortunate Receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts; favored with good forune; lucky.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tacoma Narrows Bridge which was located in Washington was nicknamed "Galloping Gertie" because of the unusual way it twisted and swayed with even with the slightest winds when people would drive on it. The bridge collapsed on November 7, 1940, fortunately no humans died, except for a dog
    • fortunate Having good fortune; receiving good from uncertain or unexpected sources; lucky.
    • fortunate Bringing or presaging good fortune; resulting favorably, as something uncertain; having a happy issue; auspicious; felicitous: as, a fortunate speculation; a fortunate accident.
    • fortunate Synonyms Felicitous, Lucky, etc. (See happy.) Fortunate, Successful, Prosperous, favored. Fortunate implies the attainment of success more by the operation of favorable circumstances, or through accident, than by direct effort; successful denotes that effective effort has been made; prosperous has nearly the same meaning as successful, but does not at all emphasize the effort made, and applies rather to a series of things than to a single event. We say a fortunate gambler, a successful merchant, a prosperous line of business.
    • n fortunate In astrology, a favorable planet. Nares. See extract under fortitude, 3.
    • fortunate To make fortunate; prosper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White holds the record for putting her hands together approximately 140,000 times to clap
    • adj Fortunate happening by good fortune: lucky: auspicious: felicitous
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  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “Change yourself, change your fortunes.”
  • Seneca
    “Fortune can take away riches, but not courage.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “It is a pitiful fortune that is not without enemies.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.”
  • Appius Claudius Caecus
    Appius Claudius Caecus
    “Each man is the smith of his own fortune.”
  • Euripides
    “Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.”


Fortune knocks once at every man's door - Everyone gets one good chance in a lifetime.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. fortunatus, p. p. of fortunare, to make fortunate or prosperous, fr. fortuna,. See Fortune (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fortuna.


In literature:

It was fortunate you boys did not encounter them.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Oliver fortune is founded on reciprocity.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Yon's got a pretty face, an' I hope it will bring her good fortune.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
If fortune have made her so, fortune has done much for her.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
At the very first Congreve had good fortune in his players.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Floyd, you are a lucky chap, with a fortune ready made to your hand.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Mr Cophagus gave him five guineas, and wished him good fortune.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Never was popular interest more absorbing, in respect to his opinions, his fortunes, and his fate.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Fortunately for him he was acquainted with the one man who more than any other in all America was able to help him.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
They did not get through, and they showed no disposition to try again yesterday morning, fortunately.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie

In poetry:

And now let death be far or nigh,
Let fortune gloom or shine,
I cannot all untimely die,
For love, for love is mine.
"Quand-Meme" by John Hay
Full lightly shall the prize be won,
If love be Fortune's spur;
And never maiden stoops to him
Who lifts himself to her.
"Amy Wentworth" by John Greenleaf Whittier
MY SOUL is raying like a star,
My heart is happier than a bird,
And all to hear through fortune’s jar
One promissory word.
"'Yes'" by Charles Harpur
The acacia solves all mysteries,
Tells my fortune while I tarry.
I shall ask the tree to tell me
Whom O whom, am I to marry?
"The Old Acacia Tree" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
For fortune, wealth and fame,
For fortune, wealth and fame;
So he clasped hands with Industry,
For fortune, wealth and fame.
"Laura Secord: The Heroine of The War Of 1812 - Act III" by Sarah Anne Curzon
I saw her rais'd to pomp and state,
And rich in fortune's store;
I heard the praises of the great,
The blessings of the poor.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler

In news:

Each your heart out, fortune cookie companies.
Fortune teller by Michelle Waldele-Dick.
KANELAND—While the journey last Thursday for Kaneland High School golf was west, the Knights' fortunes went north after its Northern Illinois Big XII crossover battle.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – In July, Sprint fired the opening salvo in the latest long-distance price war, offering calls for 5 cents a minute.
I guess I'm fortunate to be one of the seven, not one of the three.
The Community Christmas Card will once again give the community the opportunity to provide help for some of Macon County's less fortunate citizens at Christmas time.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – At 70, while other men his age were trying to dodge the express train to Eternity, W Graham Claytor Jr became chairman of Amtrak.
"Fortunately, we still have lots and lots of time," Dr Boothroyd said.
The buyer of a small car has lots of choices these days, from Toyota's Yaris to Ford's (F, Fortune 500) Fiesta.
Whitney Houston's mother has reportedly reached an agreement with Bobbi Kristina as to how her mother's multi-million dollar fortune will be paid to her, TMZ reports.
Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina Reach Agreement on Whitney's Fortune.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Whitney Houston's mother has reportedly reached an agreement with Bobbi Kristina as to how her mother's multi-million dollar fortune will be paid to her, TMZ reports.
This weekend I had the good fortune to be invited to participate in the Guild Wars 2 beta, a super secret event I wasn't allowed to discuss until this very moment.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – "How was it, Jimmy.".
) Casino to face each other in the quarterfinals of the 1914 US Tennis Championships, they must have thought they were the most fortunate of athletes.

In science:

Unusing the values α−1 fortunately, this value increases unacceptably when 2-loop order corrections are included.
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
Fortunately, it is not hard to associate yet another plausibility measure with P that does not lose this important information.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Fortunately, this system is not independent therefore we can easily obtain the solutions.
The Kerr-Schild ansatz for the Nariai spacetime and the generating conjecture
Fortunately, there are many methods to quantify dependence.
A simple model of price formation
Fortunately, trend followers are not the only participants of the market .
A simple model of price formation