Definition of Fortune

1. Noun. An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another. "We ran into each other by pure chance"

Exact synonyms: Chance, Hazard, Luck
Generic synonyms: Phenomenon
Specialized synonyms: Bad Luck, Mischance, Mishap, Even Chance, Toss-up, Tossup
Derivative terms: Chance, Hazard

2. Noun. A large amount of wealth or prosperity.
Generic synonyms: Hoarded Wealth, Treasure

3. Noun. An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome. "It was as if fortune guided his hand"
Exact synonyms: Luck
Generic synonyms: Phenomenon
Specialized synonyms: Fluke, Good Fortune, Good Luck
Derivative terms: Lucky, Lucky

4. Noun. Your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you). "Success that was her portion"

Definition of Fortune

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To make fortunate; to give either good or bad fortune to.

3. v. i. To fall out; to happen.

Definition of Fortune

1. Noun. Destiny or fate. ¹

2. Noun. A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller. ¹

3. Noun. A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie. ¹

4. Noun. A chance. ¹

5. Noun. Good luck. ¹

6. Noun. One's wealth; the amount of money one has; especially, if it is vast. ¹

7. Noun. A large amount of money ¹

8. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To happen, take place. (defdate 14th-19th c.) ¹

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Definition of Fortune

1. to endow with wealth [v -TUNED, -TUNING, -TUNES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fortune

fortune (current term)
fortune cookie
fortune cookies
fortune favors the bold
fortune favors the brave
fortune favours the bold
fortune favours the brave
fortune hunter
fortune teller
fortune tellers
fortune telling

Literary usage of Fortune

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Edwin Booth, Henry L Hinton (1867)
"Here's,the scroll, The continent and summary of my fortune. " You t/,at choose not by Ike view, Chance as fair, a,.d choose as ..."

2. Our Mutual Friend by Charles ( Dickens (1865)
"Your lovely woman was told her fortune to night on her way home. It won't be a large fortune, because if the lovely woman's Intended gets a certain ..."

3. Thucydides Translated Into English by Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides (1881)
"V. shall resist an overwhelming force. The question is not BC 416. re"!*™ one of honour but of prudence.' 1O2. Mel. 'But we know that the fortune of war is ..."

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