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"It's like starting West again to make our fortune," said Uncle Peter.

Avice Milbrey had the fortune to witness one of these bed-time causeries.

Almost every Barbarian at the table had made his own fortune.

He went dazedly in to him,—and was awakened from the dream that he had been losing a fortune in his sleep.

Meanwhile, fortune had improved with Mr. Davis, the superintendent of the factory.

I'm sure that when I wrote these lines, fortune had for a moment tweaked me by the nose.

Misfortune had driven them into the earth; it would be fortune to stay there.

He was a spoiled child of fortune, if you wish to have it so.

What can I do, pray, to give her my fortune and deprive my children of it?

Why not have detectives as guards—as if I wore a fortune in diamonds?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "chance, luck as a force in human affairs," from Old French fortune "lot, good fortune, misfortune" (12c.), from Latin fortuna "chance, fate, good luck," from fors (genitive fortis) "chance, luck," possibly from PIE *bhrtu- and related to base *bher- (1) "to carry" (see infer).

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.

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