fortune [fawr-chuh n] /ˈfɔr tʃən/ Show IPA noun, verb, fortuned, fortuning.
position in life as determined by wealth:
to make one's fortune.
wealth or riches:
to lose a small fortune in bad investments.
great wealth; ample stock of money, property, and the like:
to be worth a fortune.
They each had the bad fortune to marry the wrong person.
fortunes, things that happen or are to happen to a person in his or her life.
fate; lot; destiny:
whatever my fortune may be.
(initial capital letter)
chance personified, commonly regarded as a mythical being distributing arbitrarily or capriciously the lots of life:
Perhaps Fortune will smile on our venture.
good luck; success; prosperity:
a family blessed by fortune.
Archaic. a wealthy woman; an heiress.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to endow (someone or something) with a fortune.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to chance or happen; come by chance.
tell someone's fortune, to profess to inform someone of future events in his or her own life; foretell.
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin fortūna chance, luck, fortune, derivative of fort- (stem of fors) chance
4. fate, destiny, providence; kismet, karma. 7. Moira; Lady Luck.