1375–1425; late Middle English
< Latin opportūnus
convenient, equivalent to op- op-
stem of portus
adj. suffix (u
lengthened as in tribūnus tribune
opportunely, adverbopportuneness, noununopportune, adjectiveunopportunely, adverbunopportuneness, noun
Can be confused
(see synonym study at the current entry)
apt; fortunate, propitious. 2.
convenient. Opportune, seasonable, timely
refer to something that is particularly fitting or suitable for a certain time. Opportune
refers to something that is well-timed and meets exactly the demands of the time or occasion: an opportune remark.
Something that is seasonable
is right or proper for the time or season or occasion: seasonable weather.
Something that is timely
occurs or is done at an appropriate time, especially in time to meet some need: timely intervention.