American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; luck: He decided to go home for the holidays, and his fortune turned for the worse.
- n. The turns of luck in the course of one's life.
- n. Success, especially when at least partially resulting from luck: No matter what they tried, it ended in fortune.
- n. A person's condition or standing in life determined by material possessions or financial wealth: She pursued her fortune in another country.
- n. Extensive amounts of material possessions or money; wealth.
- n. A large sum of money: spent a fortune on the new car.
- n. 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.
- n. Fate; destiny: told my fortune with tarot cards.
- n. A foretelling of one's destiny.
- v. Archaic To endow with wealth.
- v. Obsolete To ascribe or give good or bad fortune to.
- v. Archaic To occur by chance; happen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Chance; hap; luck; fate.
- n. Chance personified; the events or circumstances of life antecedent to some result attributed to their working, more or less consciously personified and regarded as a divinity which metes out happiness and unhappiness, and distributes arbitrarily or capriciously the lots of life. When represented as an actual goddess (Latin Fortuna), the usual attribute of Fortune is a wheel, in token of instability.
- n. That which falls to one as his portion in life or in any particular proceeding; the course of events as affecting condition or state; circumstances; lot: often in the plural: as, good or bad fortune; to share one's fortunes.
- n. Specifically, good luck; prosperity; success.
- n. Estate; possessions; especially, when used absolutely, large estate; wealth: as, he married a lady of fortune.
- n. A person of wealth; especially, a marriageable heir or heiress.
- n. In astrology, one of the fortunate planets: namely, Jupiter, Venus, the sun, the moon, and Mercury.
- To determine the fate or chance of; fix or control the lot or fortune of; dispose of.
- To foretell the fortune or lot of; presage.
- To endow with wealth or fortune.
- To befall; fall out; happen; chance; come to pass casually.
- To come by chance.
- n. Destiny or fate.
- n. A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller.
- n. A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.
- n. A chance.
- n. Good luck.
- n. One's wealth; the amount of money one has; especially, if it is vast.
- n. A large amount of money.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident; luck; hap; also, the personified or deified power regarded as determining human success, apportioning happiness and unhappiness, and distributing arbitrarily or fortuitously the lots of life.
- n. That which befalls or is to befall one; lot in life, or event in any particular undertaking; fate; destiny.
- n. That which comes as the result of an undertaking or of a course of action; good or ill success; especially, favorable issue; happy event; success; prosperity as reached partly by chance and partly by effort.
- n. Wealth; large possessions; large estate; riches.
- v. obsolete To make fortunate; to give either good or bad fortune to.
- v. To provide with a fortune.
- v. obsolete To presage; to tell the fortune of.
- v. To fall out; to happen.
- n. a large amount of wealth or prosperity
- n. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another
- n. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome
- n. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
- From Latin fortuna ("fate, luck"). The plural form fortunae meant ("possessions"), which also gave fortune the meaning of ("riches"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fortūna. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_Dix francs, et je ferai fortune -- dix francs, et je ferai fortune_ --" The old words seemed to set themselves to a tune in Madelon's head, chiming in with the croupier's perpetual "_Rouge gagne et la couleur_,”
“Then, if she brought no fortune, and he had none, she ought not to have been _able to marry_: and, let me tell you, young man, a _small fortune_ would not put a servant-keeping wife upon an equality with one who required no such inmate.”
Advice to Young Men And (Incidentally) to Young Women in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life. In a Series of Letters, Addressed to a Youth, a Bachelor, a Lover, a Husband, a Father, a Citizen, or a Subject.
“We are trying to make our fortune, or as the French more correctly express it, _Nous corrigous notre fortune_.”
“III. i.112 (465,2) So weary with disasters, tug'd with fortune] _Tug'd with fortune_ may be, _tug'd_ or _worried_ by fortune.”
“And, therefore, the natural philosophy of Democritus and some others, who did not suppose a mind or reason in the frame of things, but attributed the form thereof able to maintain itself to infinite essays or proofs of Nature, which they term fortune, seemeth to me”
“But, for the rest of us, trying to find detailed, in depth information on the net without paying a fortune is an exercise in frustration and exasperation.”
“The lower house of parliament in Tajikistan has endorsed a bill to try to tackle what it describes as fortune-telling and witchcraft.”
“What need is there to display the praises of industry, and to extol its advantages, in the acquisition of power and riches, or in raising what we call a fortune in the world?”
“Was, hath many times that which we call fortune, to overrule the best wisdom.”
“But if he know an example only informs a conjectured likelihood, and so go by reason, the poet doth so far exceed him as he is to frame his example to that which is most reasonable, be it in warlike, politic, or private matters; where the historian in his bare was hath many times that which we call fortune to overrule the best wisdom.”
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