Meaning of “fortunate” in the English Dictionary

"fortunate" in British English

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uk /ˈfɔː.tʃən.ət/ us /ˈfɔːr.tʃən.ət/ approving

B2 lucky:

[ + to infinitive ] You're very fortunate to have found such a nice house.
He was fortunate in his choice of assistant.
[ + that ] It was fortunate that they had set out early because the traffic was terrible.

More examples

  • Let us pray for those who are not so fortunate as ourselves - the sick, the old and the needy.
  • I consider myself fortunate to have had such a good education.
  • She was fortunate to escape with only minor injuries.
  • We certainly were fortunate to get a fine day for the fete, considering how wet it's been lately.
  • "My husband arrived home just at that moment, which scared the intruder away." "Gosh, that was fortunate."

(Definition of “fortunate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fortunate" in American English

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us /ˈfɔr·tʃə·nət/

receiving or bringing a good thing that was uncertain or unexpected:

a fortunate choice
[ + to infinitive ] You’re fortunate to have found such a pleasant house.
[ + that clause ] It was fortunate that you left in time.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈfɔr·tʃə·nət·li/

Fortunately we were already home when it started to snow.

(Definition of “fortunate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)