fortune

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From Old French fortune, from Latin fortuna (fate, luck). The plural form fortunae meant “possessions”, which also gave fortune the meaning of “riches”.

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fortune (plural fortunes)

  1. Destiny, especially favorable.
    She read my fortune. Apparently I will have a good love life this week, but I will have a bad week for money.
    • Mrs. Cowley (1743-1809)
      you, who men's fortunes in their faces read
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, The Unknown Ajax:
      [] his lordship was out of humour. That was the way Chollacombe described as knaggy an old gager as ever Charles had had the ill-fortune to serve.
  2. A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller.
  3. A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.
  4. The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident.
  5. Good luck.
    Fortune favors the brave.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      There is a tide in the affairs of men, / Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
  6. One's wealth; the amount of money one has; especially, if it is vast.
    He's amassed a small fortune working in the Middle East.
    My vast fortune was a result of inheritance and stock market nous.
    Her fortune is estimated at 3 million dollars.
  7. A large amount of money.
    That car must be worth a fortune! How could you afford it?

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fortune (third-person singular simple present fortunes, present participle fortuning, simple past and past participle fortuned)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To happen, take place. [14th-19th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew ch. 8:
      Then the heerdmen, fleed and went there ways into the cite, and tolde everythinge, and what had fortuned unto them that were possessed of the devyls.
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, “Night 20”, in The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night:
  2. To provide with a fortune.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Richardson to this entry?)
  3. To presage; to tell the fortune of.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)

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French[edit]

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Borrowed from Latin fortūna.

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fortune f (plural fortunes)

  1. fortune
    faire une fortune
    make a fortune
    faire fortune
    make a fortune

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fortune f

  1. plural form of fortuna

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fortune (plural fortunes)

  1. fortune (fate, chance)

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fortune f (plural fortunes)

  1. fortune (fate, chance)

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fortune (uncountable)

  1. good luck