Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “unfortunately”

unfortunately

adverb uk   /ʌnˈfɔː.tʃən.ət.li/ us    /-ˈfɔːr-/
A2 used to say that something is sad, disappointing, or has a bad effect: Unfortunately, I didn't have my credit card with me or I'd certainly have bought it.Good luck and bad luck
(Definition of unfortunately from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of unfortunately?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Good luck and bad luck, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “unfortunately” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sling

to throw or drop something carelessly

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More