[ noun ] an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another


chance luck hazard


"bad luck caused his downfall" "we ran into each other by pure chance"

Used in print

(Vina Delmar, The Big Family....)

One did one 's best and if fortune smiled , there was a reward .

One did one 's best and if fortune frowned , an eighteen year old boy with murder in his heart sailed aboard one 's ship .

But he could not have done so , could not have found the way , had fortune favored him .

And because fortune had favored neither the prisoner nor the red haired captain , they would be each other 's undoing .

[ noun ] a large amount of wealth or prosperity

Used in print

(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

On that date the Musicians_Emergency_Fund , organized to furnish employment for musicians unable to obtain engagements during the depression and to provide relief for older musicians who lost their fortunes in the stock_market crash , observed its 30_th anniversary .

(Peter J. White, "Report on Laos"...)

We were told that to the Pathet_Lao , a kidnaped American was worth at_least $ 750 , a fortune in Laos .

(Jay Williams, The Forger....)

In the first place , it 's static ; in the second place , it does n't look authentic ; and in the third place , it would cost a fortune to reproduce in_the_first_place - you 've got six colors there including gold '' .

Related terms


[ noun ] an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome




"it was my good luck to be there" "they say luck is a lady" "it was as if fortune guided his hand"

[ noun ] your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)


: "whatever my fortune may be" "deserved a better fate" "has a happy lot" "the luck of the Irish" "a victim of circumstances" "success that was her portion"

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 2229