Fortune meaning

fôrchən
(obsolete) To ascribe or give good or bad fortune to.
verb
14
2
To occur by chance; happen.
verb
8
2
(archaic) To endow with wealth.
verb
7
2
(archaic) To happen; chance.
verb
5
2
The entity or power believed by some to bring good or bad luck to people; luck; chance; fate.
noun
5
3
Advertisement
Good luck; success; prosperity.
noun
4
0
Good luck.

Fortune favors the brave.

noun
3
0
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.

noun
2
0
What happens or is going to happen to one; one's lot, good or bad, esp. one's future lot.
noun
2
0
The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident.
noun
2
0
Advertisement
A large quantity of money or possessions; wealth; riches.
noun
2
2
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.

noun
1
0
A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller.
noun
1
0
A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.
noun
1
0
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.

noun
1
0
Advertisement
1885, Sir Richard Burton, “Night 20”, in The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
verb
0
0
To provide with a fortune.

verb
0
0
To presage; to tell the fortune of.

verb
0
0
(singular only) The list published annually by Fortune magazine, numbering five hundred, of the highest-revenue United States companies.
noun
0
0
(plural only) Collectively, the members of that list.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
(by extension, informal, countable) Any one member of that list.
noun
0
0
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.

noun
0
1
(archaic) To provide with wealth.
verb
0
1
A large amount of money.

That car must be worth a fortune! How could you afford it?

noun
0
1
a small fortune
  • a very high price or cost
idiom
0
1
Advertisement
tell someone's fortune
  • to profess to tell what is going to happen in someone's life, as by palmistry, cards, etc.
idiom
0
0

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

a small fortune
tell someone's fortune

Origin of fortune

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin fortūna bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary