for·tu·nate /ˈfɔrʧnət, ˈfɔrʧə-/
1. Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness; auspicious; as, a fortunate event; a fortunate concurrence of circumstances; a fortunate investment.
2. Receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts; favored with good forune; lucky.
Syn: -- Auspicious; lucky; prosperous; successful; favored; happy.
Usage: -- Fortunate, Successful, Prosperous. A man is fortunate, when he is favored of fortune, and has unusual blessings fall to his lot; successful when he gains what he aims at; prosperous when he succeeds in those things which men commonly desire. One may be fortunate, in some cases, where he is not successful; he may be successful, but, if he has been mistaken in the value of what he has aimed at, he may for that reason fail to be prosperous.
adj 1: having unexpected good fortune; "other, less fortunate,
children died"; "a fortunate choice" [ant: unfortunate]
2: supremely favored or fortunate; "golden lads and girls all
must / like chimney sweepers come to dust" [syn: favored,
3: presaging good fortune; "she made a fortunate decision to go
to medical school"; "rosy predictions" [syn: hopeful, rosy]