- 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.
- the entity or power believed by some to bring good or bad luck to people; luck; chance; fate: often personified
- [also pl.] 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 of fortuneMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin fortuna, chance, fate, fortune from fors, chance: see fortuitous
transitive verb-·tuned, -·tun·ing
a small fortune
tell someone's fortune
- a. The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; luck: He decided to travel, 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 Rome.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.
verbfor·tuned, for·tun·ing, for·tunes
- Archaic To endow with wealth.
- Obsolete To ascribe or give good or bad fortune to.
Origin of fortuneMiddle English from Old French from Latin fortūna ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller.
- A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.
- The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident.
- Good luck.
- Fortune favors the brave.
- 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.
- A large amount of money.
- That car must be worth a fortune! How could you afford it?
(third-person singular simple present fortunes, present participle fortuning, simple past and past participle fortuned)
- 1885, Sir Richard Burton, “Night 20”, in The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night:
- To provide with a fortune.
- To presage; to tell the fortune of.