(noun, verb)


1. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

Similar word(s): chance, hazard, luck

Definition categories: phenomenon

2. a large amount of wealth or prosperity

Definition categories: possession, treasure

3. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome

- it was as if fortune guided his hand

Similar word(s): luck

Definition categories: phenomenon

4. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

- whatever my fortune may be

Similar word(s): circumstances, destiny, fate, lot, luck, portion

Definition categories: state, condition

Sentences with fortune as a noun:

- She read my fortune. Apparently I will have a good love life this week, but I will have a bad week for money.

- Fortune favors the brave.

- 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.

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


1. (obsolete, intransitive) To happen, take place. [14th-19th c.]

2. To provide with a fortune.

3. To presage; to tell the fortune of.