Meaning of FORTUNE in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


You can refer to a large sum of money as a ~ or a small ~ to emphasize how large it is.

We had to eat out all the time. It ended up costing a ~...

He made a small ~ in the London property boom.

N-COUNT emphasis


Someone who has a ~ has a very large amount of money.

He made his ~ in car sales...

Having spent his rich wife’s ~, the Major ended up in a debtors’ prison.

N-COUNT: oft poss N


Fortune or good ~ is good luck. Ill ~ is bad luck.

Government ministers are starting to wonder how long their good ~ can last.



If you talk about someone’s ~s or the ~s of something, you are talking about the extent to which they are doing well or being successful.

The electoral ~s of the Liberal Democratic party may decline...

The company had to do something to reverse its sliding ~s.

N-PLURAL: with poss


When someone tells your ~, they tell you what they think will happen to you in the future, which they say is shown, for example, by the lines on your hand.

PHRASE: V inflects

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