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Dictionary Definition

fortunate adj
1 having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate, children died"; "a fortunate choice" [ant: unfortunate]
2 supremely favored or fortunate; "golden lads and girls all must / like chimney sweepers come to dust" [syn: favored, golden]
3 presaging good fortune; "she made a fortunate decision to go to medical school"; "rosy predictions" [syn: hopeful, rosy]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Coming by good luck or favorable chance.
  2. Bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain.
  3. Presaging happiness.
  4. Auspicious.
    a fortunate event
    a fortunate concurrence of circumstances
    a fortunate investment
  5. Receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts.
  6. Lucky, favored by fortune.


Derived terms


Coming by good luck or favorable chance
  • Finnish: onnekas
Bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain
Presaging happiness
  • Finnish: lupaava, suotuisa
Receiving some unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good, independent of one's own skill or efforts
  • Finnish: onnekas
Lucky, favored by fortune
  • Finnish: onnekas
  • Swedish: lycklig



fortunate p
  1. feminine of fortunato



From fortunatus


  1. prosperously

Related terms


  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Extensive Definition

"Fortunate" is a R&B song from the 1999 motion picture Life and was released on the film's soundtrack. The song was composed by R. Kelly and recorded by Maxwell. "Fortunate" was awarded Best R&B Single of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards and Best R&B/Soul Single (Male) at Soul Train Awards. Maxwell was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Male Vocalist and also nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Song of the Year.
The hit song spent eight weeks at number-one on the US R&B chart, and also peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

advantageous, appropriate, assured of success, auspicious, befitting, benign, benignant, blessed, blessed with luck, bright, coming, convenient, crowned with success, dexter, expedient, fair, favorable, favored, favoring, felicitous, fit, fitting, fortuitous, full of promise, golden, good, happy, in luck, lucky, lucky dog, made, man of substance, meet, of good omen, of happy portent, of promise, on the up-and-up, on top, opportune, out in front, promising, propitious, prosperous, providential, ripe, seasonable, sortable, succeeding, successful, suitable, surefire, timely, triumphant, well, well-timed, white
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