having or bringing an advantage, an opportunity, a piece of good luck, etc. synonym lucky fortunate (to do something) I have been fortunate enough to visit many parts of the world as a lecturer. fortunate (in having…) I was fortunate in having a good teacher. Remember those less fortunate than yourselves. fortunate (for somebody) (that…) It was very fortunate for him that I arrived on time. opposite unfortunate Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin fortunatus, from fortuna, Fortuna, the name of a goddess personifying luck or chance.Extra examples It was fortunate for us that the rain stopped. We are fortunate in having a lot of land. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate. He was in a relatively fortunate position as far as work was concerned. I think it was fortunate that I was older than the other children. It was fortunate for us that the guard was looking the other way.