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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( v. i.) To fall out; to happen.

(2): ( n.) To provide with a fortune.

(3): ( n.) To make fortunate; to give either good or bad fortune to.

(4): ( n.) The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident; luck; hap; also, the personified or deified power regarded as determining human success, apportioning happiness and unhappiness, and distributing arbitrarily or fortuitously the lots of life.

(5): ( n.) To presage; to tell the fortune of.

(6): ( n.) That which comes as the result of an undertaking or of a course of action; good or ill success; especially, favorable issue; happy event; success; prosperity as reached partly by chance and partly by effort.

(7): ( n.) That which befalls or is to befall one; lot in life, or event in any particular undertaking; fate; destiny; as, to tell one's fortune.

(8): ( n.) Wealth; large possessions; large estate; riches; as, a gentleman of fortune.

Charles Buck Theological Dictionary [2]

A name which, among the ancients, seemed to have denoted a principle of fortuity, whereby things came to pass without being necessitated thereto; but what and whence that principle is, they do not seem to have ever precisely thought. It does not appear that the antiquity of the word is very high. It is acknowledged, on all hands, that word, from whence the Romans took their fortuna, was a term invented long after the times of Hesiod and Homer, in whose writings it no where occurs. The philosophical sense of the word coincides with what is vulgarly called chance. It is difficult to ascertain what it denotes in the minds of those who now use the word. It has been justly observed, that they who would substitute the name of providence in lieu of that of fortune, cannot give any tolerable sense to half the phrases wherein the word occurs.

Holman Bible Dictionary [3]


Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible [4]

Fortune . See Gad (tribe and god).

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [5]

Bibliography Information McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Fortune'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [6]

fôr´t̬ū̇n (Gad): A god of Good Luck, possibly the Hyades. See Astrology , 10.