Pronunciation: (fôr'chun), [key]
—n., v., -tuned, -tun•ing.
1. position in life as determined by wealth: to make one's fortune.
2. wealth or riches: to lose a small fortune in bad investments.
3. great wealth; ample stock of money, property, and the like: to be worth a fortune.
4. chance; luck: They each had the bad fortune to marry the wrong person.
5. fortunes.things that happen or are to happen to a person in his or her life.
6. fate; lot; destiny: whatever my fortune may be.
7. (cap.) chance personified, commonly regarded as a mythical being distributing arbitrarily or capriciously the lots of life: Perhaps Fortune will smile on our venture.
8. good luck; success; prosperity: a family blessed by fortune.
9. Archaic.a wealthy woman; an heiress.
10. tell someone's fortune, to profess to inform someone of future events in his or her own life; foretell.
Archaic.to endow (someone or something) with a fortune.
Archaic.to chance or happen; come by chance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.