• (RP) IPA: /ˈfɔːtʃuːn/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈfɔɹtʃən/, /ˈfɔɹtʃun/


  1. 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.
    • 1647, Abraham Cowley, The Mistress (“My Fate”):
      you, who men's fortunes in their faces read
  2. A prediction or set of predictions about a person's future provided by a fortune teller.
  3. A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.
  4. The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Act 2, Scene 3:
      'Tis more by fortune, lady, than by merit.
  5. Good luck.
    Fortune favors the brave.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act 4, Scene 3:
      There is a tide in the affairs of men / Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
  6. 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.
  7. A large amount of money.
    That car must be worth a fortune! How could you afford it?
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fortune (fortunes, present participle fortuning; past and past participle fortuned)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To happen, take place. [14th-19th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew ch. 8:
      Then the heerdmen, fleed and went there ways into the cite, and tolde everythinge, and what had fortuned unto them that were possessed of the devyls.
  2. To provide with a fortune.
  3. To presage; to tell the fortune of.

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