Date: 1200-1300
Language: French
Origin: Latin fortuna


for‧tune S3 W3


[countable] a very large amount of money:
He made a fortune selling property in Spain.
My first painting sold for £25, a small fortune then for an art student.
He died in poverty in 1947, but his art is worth a fortune.
The carpet must have cost a fortune.
It is quite easy to decorate your house without spending a fortune.
Her personal fortune was estimated at £37 million.


[uncountable] chance or luck, and the effect that it has on your life:
I had the good fortune to work with a brilliant head of department.
Sickness or ill fortune could reduce you to a needy situation.
I felt it was useless to struggle against fortune.

what happens to you

[countable usually plural] the good or bad things that happen in life:
a downturn in the company's fortunes
This defeat marked a change in the team's fortunes.
The geographical position of the frontier fluctuated with the fortunes of war (=the things that can happen during a war).

tell somebody's fortune

RO to tell someone what will happen to them in the future by looking at their hands, using cards etc
soldier of fortune

; ➔ fame and fortune

at fame

; ➔ a hostage to fortune

at hostage (3)

; ➔ seek your fortune

at seek (4)

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