- The definition of fortune is wealth, good luck or what is going to happen.
- An example of fortune is what someone had after inheriting millions of dollars.
- An example of fortune is the luck of having oil discovered on an otherwise useless piece of your land.
- An example of fortune is your destiny.
fortune definition by Webster's New World
- the entity or power believed by some to bring good or bad luck to people; luck; chance; fate: often personified
- what happens or is going to happen to one; one's lot, good or bad, esp. one's future lot
- good luck; success; prosperity
- a large quantity of money or possessions; wealth; riches
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin fortuna, chance, fate, fortune ; from fors, chance: see fortuitous
- fortuneless adjective
fortune definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; luck: He decided to go home for the holidays, and his fortune turned for the worse.b. fortunes The turns of luck in the course of one's life.c. Success, especially when at least partially resulting from luck: No matter what they tried, it ended in fortune.
- a. A person's condition or standing in life determined by material possessions or financial wealth: She pursued her fortune in another country.b. Extensive amounts of material possessions or money; wealth.c. A large sum of money: spent a fortune on the new car.
- often Fortune A hypothetical, often personified force or power that favorably or unfavorably governs the events of one's life: We believe that Fortune is on our side.
- a. Fate; destiny: told my fortune with tarot cards.b. A foretelling of one's destiny.
- Archaic To endow with wealth.
- Obsolete To ascribe or give good or bad fortune to.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fortūna; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
fortune - Phrases/Idioms
a small fortune
tell someone's fortune