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Borrowed from Latin fortunatus.

Morphologically fortune +‎ -ate.



fortunate (comparative more fortunate, superlative most fortunate)

  1. Auspicious.
    It is a fortunate sign if the sun shines on a newly wedded couple.
    • 1854, Edward Stanley, A Familiar History of Birds : Their Nature, Habits and Instincts[1], page 144:
      if it sits still, with its breast towards them, till they have passed, they consider it as a fortunate sign, and everything is expected to go on well during the remainder of their journey
  2. Happening by good luck or favorable chance.
    Patrick was the unlikely match-winner as Berkeley earned a fortunate victory over Chisolm.
    • 2011, George G. Szpiro, Pricing the Future: Finance, Physics, and the 300-year Journey to the Black-Scholes Equation[2]:
      How many lucky winners, Regnault lamented, boastfully ascribe their success to wise decisions while in reality their triumph was nothing more than the fortunate outcome of random events?
    • 2018 July 11, “How Nina Weiner turns dreams into a reality”, in The Jerusalem Post:
      Weiner acknowledges that a stroke of good luck has helped steer her to a more fortunate path early on in life.
  3. Favored by fortune.
    We were fortunate not to be fined for speeding.
    This is a time when we think of those less fortunate than ourselves.



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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “fortunate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)




  1. feminine plural of fortunato



From fortūnātus (fortunate, prosperous).


fortūnātē (comparative fortūnātius, superlative fortūnātissimē)

  1. prosperously, fortunately

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  • fortunate”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • fortunate”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • fortunate in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)