• "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
    "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fortune 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"
    • n fortune 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"
    • n fortune a large amount of wealth or prosperity
    • n fortune 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"
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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."
    • Fortune 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 . "You, who men's fortunes in their faces read."
    • Fortune 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. "Our equal crimes shall equal fortune give.""There is a tide in the affairs of men,
      Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune ."
      "His father dying, he was driven to seek his fortune ."
    • Fortune 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. "'T is more by fortune , lady, than by merit.""O Fortune Fortune , all men call thee fickle."
    • v. i Fortune To fall out; to happen. "It fortuned the same night that a Christian, serving a Turk in the camp, secretely gave the watchmen warning."
    • Fortune To make fortunate; to give either good or bad fortune to.
    • Fortune To presage; to tell the fortune of.
    • Fortune To provide with a fortune.
    • Fortune Wealth; large possessions; large estate; riches; as, a gentleman of fortune .
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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
    • n fortune Chance; hap; luck; fate.
    • n fortune Chance personified; the events or circumstances of life antecedent to some result attributed to their working, more or less consciously personified and regarded as a divinity which metes out happiness and unhappiness, and distributes arbitrarily or capriciously the lots of life. When represented as an actual goddess (Latin Fortuna), the usual attribute of Fortune is a wheel, in token of instability.
    • n fortune That which falls to one as his portion in life or in any particular proceeding; the course of events as affecting condition or state; circumstances; lot: often in the plural: as, good or bad fortune; to share one's fortunes.
    • n fortune Specifically, good luck; prosperity; success.
    • n fortune Estate; possessions; especially, when used absolutely, large estate; wealth: as, he married a lady of fortune.
    • n fortune A person of wealth; especially, a marriageable heir or heiress.
    • n fortune In astrology, one of the fortunate planets: namely, Jupiter, Venus, the sun, the moon, and Mercury.
    • fortune To determine the fate or chance of; fix or control the lot or fortune of; dispose of.
    • fortune To foretell the fortune or lot of; presage.
    • fortune To endow with wealth or fortune.
    • fortune To befall; fall out; happen; chance; come to pass casually.
    • fortune To come by chance.
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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
    • n Fortune for′tūn whatever comes by lot or chance: luck: the arbitrary ordering of events: the lot that falls to one in life: success: wealth
    • v.i Fortune to befall
    • v.t Fortune to determine
    • ***


  • Titus Livy
    Titus Livy
    “Not many men have both good fortune and good sense.”
  • A. A. Milne
    A. A. Milne
    “Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.”
  • Pliny The Elder
    “Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.”
  • John D. Rockefeller
    “I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.”
  • Jules Renard
    “There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fortune, L. fortuna,; akin to fors, fortis, chance, prob. fr. ferre, to bear, bring. See Bear to support, and cf. Fortuitous


In literature:

She took this stout, untidily-dressed woman for the fortune-teller's servant.
"The Chink in the Armour" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Others will address themselves not to us but to our fortunes.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
Iris was loath to leave Fortune's side, but Fortune bent down and whispered to her to obey.
"A Little Mother to the Others" by L. T. Meade
Fortunately for the adventurers of his period, his belief in his mission was unshakable.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
Fortunately this conception of the Unknown is now largely of the past.
"Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie" by Andrew Carnegie
Certain symbols are invariably signs of approaching good-fortune: certain others of threatened ill-luck.
"Tea-Cup Reading, and the Art of Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves" by 'A Highland Seer'
Why, that is a fortune!
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
Three quarter-dollar pieces composed my whole fortune in money.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The man fortunate enough to get twenty shares is sure to make a fortune.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
And this we did, and were sufficiently fortunate to capture the northern point of the kop.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet

In poetry:

And if fortune at last should beam
Upon my obscure path, a gleam
Of sunshine from Thy upper realm,
I know the sunshine, Lord, is Thine.
"My Prayer" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
This love is fortunate and fair,
Behind its veil of fallen hair;
This love has soft and clinging arms,
And a kind bosom, warm and bare.
"Ecstasy" by Clark Ashton Smith
Clustered stanzas change like seething
Wax at fortune-telling times.
He will bless the sleeping children
With the steam of molten rhymes.
"Humble home. But rum, and charcoal..." by Boris Pasternak
'When fortune rewarded my toil,
And my nets, deeply-laden, I drew,
I hurried me home with the spoil,
And its inmates rejoic'd at the view.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
With fortune I would part,
And privilege resign,
Could I but have his heart,
And he have mine . . .
Then suddenly I knew
My wish was true.
"Cardiac" by Robert W Service
If haply health and fortune bless,
We feel as if on us they shone;
If sickness and if sorrow press,
Then feeling makes their woes our own.
"Lines _Upon The Death Of The Lady Of Lieutenant-Colonel Adams_," by Sir John Carr

In news:

(FORTUNE Magazine) – Some years ago, officials of the US Olympic Committee spotted a curious correlation in international sports.
The holiday-themed cookies are filled with funny messages instead of the traditional, vague fortune.
If the Internet has wrecked your career, make fortune cookies.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – YOU'VE HEARD BEFORE that farming is a crazy business.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – FOR MILLIONS of Americans, camping season begins when they dig through their basements and garages and unpack their Coleman gear.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – The death of Kjeston "Michelle" Rodgers was, by all accounts, an accident.
73 Fortune: self made Source: Real estate.
Fortune cookies give advice in a few words.
Before you spend a fortune rectifying the problem, check out free programs.
"I am so fortunate that I get to sit next to Howard when he cri tiques 'Idol' every week at home," Ostrosky told Page Six.
I was fortunate enough to kill a 23.5 lb Tom with a 11.75 " beard and 1" spurs, after a wonderful hunt.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – Kanwal Rekhi's got these big eyes that flicker when he talks.
It's a pain when FedEx ( FDX, Fortune 500) arrives to deliver your package and you're not home.
Buhl has written for the New York Post, Hearst CT Newspapers,, Trader Monthly, and Dealbreaker.
It would seem the winds of fortune have finally changed for the better when it comes to the construction industry.

In science:

Fortunately, there is a canonical way to find them by putting H ’s from the leftmost string of weight λ2 or − until it reach to the desired position.
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
Does this suggest how to construct a probability transition function P based on eP that satisfies detailed balance with respect to π? Yes, fortunately it does.
Nonparametric Bayesian Classification
Fortunately, there will be no need to compute hΨ ; it is enough to note that it is non-negative.
Nonparametric Bayesian Classification
Fortunately, we can construct as follows a direct protocol to saturate the bound without resorting to any additional resource.
Optimal dense coding with arbitrary pure entangled states
First, the extra parameters associated with the initial conditions introduce severe degeneracies which limit our ability to reconstruct the cosmology (Trotta et al. 2001, 2003), even though this can fortunately be remedied by using polarization information (Bucher et al. 2001; Trotta & Durrer 2004).
The isocurvature fraction after WMAP 3-year data