3 A small slip of paper with wise or vaguely prophetic words printed on it, baked into a fortune cookie.
4. A chance.
5. Good luck. Fortune favors the brave.“¨Landing the manager’s job was more down to good fortune than skill.
6. One’s wealth; the amount of money one has; especially, if it is vast. He’s amassed a small fortune working in the Middle East.“¨ My vast fortune was a result of inheritance and stock market nous.“¨Her fortune is estimated at 3 million dollars.
7. A large amount of money That car must be worth a fortune! How could you afford it?
c.1300, “chance, luck as a force in human affairs,” from O.Fr. fortune “lot, good fortune, misfortune” (12c.), from L. fortuna “chance, fate, good luck,” from fors (gen. fortis) “chance, luck,” possibly from PIE *bhrtu- and related to base *bher- (1) “to carry.” Often personified as a goddess; her wheel betokens vicissitude. Sense of “owned wealth” first found in Spenser; probably it evolved from senses of “one’s condition or standing in life,” hence “position as determined by wealth,” then “wealth” itself. Soldier of fortune first attested 1660s. Fortune 500 “most profitable American companies” is 1955, from the list published annually in “Fortune” magazine.
Society’s current use of this word is far beyond the original meaning. Fortune was never intended to apply to cold hard cash. “For-toon” was originally a sacred word and should return to that root meaning. The idea that only people with excessive amounts of money are lucky is transparent and false. We need to stop measuring bank accounts when it comes to “for-toon.” Fortune was meant for love and other creative ideals, not destructive ideals like greed. Materialism has ushered in a desire to own objects as more important than love. All too often, our lives are guided by fortune instead of “for-toon.” You will not find “for-toon” locked away in Fort Knox or any bank vaults. “For-toon” is always with you, you just need to learn how to summon it. The next time you hear a bird sing, or a child laugh; or watch waves crashing on the shore, or feel a cool breeze on your cheek, you will realize that you are very fortunate.