• (RP) IPA: /ˈfɔːt͡ʃənɪt/, /ˈfɔːt͡ʃənət/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈfɔɹt͡ʃənɪt/, /ˈfɔɹt͡ʃnɪt/
  • (GA, weak-vowel merger) IPA: [ˈfoɹt͡ʃənətʰ], [ˈfoɹt͡ʃnətʰ]


  1. Auspicious.
    It is a fortunate sign if the sun shines on a newly wedded couple.
  2. Happening by good luck or favorable chance.
    Patrick was the unlikely match-winner as Berkeley earned a fortunate victory over Chisolm.
  3. Favored by fortune.
    We were fortunate not to be fined for speeding.
    This is a time when we think of those less fortunate than ourselves.
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