In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(money, prosperity)fortuna feminineto marry a fortune — casarse con algn de dinero
- he left to seek his fortune — se fue a buscar fortuna
- Both men have seen their fortunes rise and fall with the opinion poll results.
- He eventually grows a conscience, to the point of sacrificing his fortune for every last human life he can save.
- But it was a trip to Ireland that really transformed the company's fortunes.
- The president himself made a small fortune selling his failed oil company to business friends of his father.
- A pensioner who wins the lottery or inherits an unexpected fortune could continue to claim the government's new flagship benefit.
- The club's fortunes have risen and declined again.
- The wealth brought by his marriage and his canny eye for business between them enabled him to amass a substantial fortune.
- Workers at a famous Bolton factory have helped turn around their company's fortunes.
- It was in the interests of those who have made vast and largely illicit fortunes at the expense of society that this war was fought.
- He hoped that a successful outcome in the Special Election would reverse his sagging political fortunes.
- Despite the turn in his public fortunes, privately it's been a difficult year.
- This metal, dug from the earth of California, provided my fortune.
- Before the war he had been left a substantial fortune by his father.
- The young would be lured in with promises of amassing great fortunes in private accounts.
- Since 1987 Forbes has scoured the globe tracking the fortunes of the world's wealthiest people and uncovering new faces.
- It would also give him a chance to spend that fortune.
- Great scientific achievements are in prospect, and vast fortunes are to be made.
- Quite how much of a personal fortune he had inherited is uncertain.
- But it still amounts to a substantial fortune for him not to have a share of.
- In fact, only a handful of the wealthy allow their entire fortunes to be taxed.
- She wants to turn the team's fortunes around quickly, whatever it takes.
- His reaction amounts to an acknowledgement that the fortunes of the national side inform everything.
- Not only does he smoke heavily, but he has made a substantial fortune out of selling and marketing tobacco, to the detriment of the health of many people.
- The party's electoral fortunes also revived in the state elections and by-elections.
- She helped to change the image and fortunes of the estate by improving facilities, particularly for the young.
- Despite humble origins, her father amassed a small fortune buying, cultivating and reselling land.
- On paper, this bodes well for trust fund children set to inherit the family fortunes.
- Bill Cosby may have gained his fame and fortune telling jokes and funny stories.
- The five won their chance of fame and fortune after a series of open auditions as viewers watched their highs and lows.
- A young man who inherited a large fortune spent all of his time jetting around the world playing new and exotic golf courses.
- Residents have also been urged to gather information on troublemakers in a bid to turn the estate's fortunes around.
1.2(informal) (a lot of money)dineral masculineplatal masculine South America informalpastón masculine Spain informal
- But, thankfully, we've now got room to lock away the teak garden furniture that we spent a fortune buying at the start of the summer.
- The second Megan stepped inside, she knew that it must have cost Chris a fortune to get the reservations.
- Even though these items cost a fortune, they're bought because their owners don't want to be looked down on.
- Well the rumourmongers claim a jealous belief that the playhouse costs a fortune to run and cannot be making any money.
- For example, it cost a small fortune just for the extension cords.
- Let that be a lesson to you all thinking of engaging in cultural exchanges: send something that doesn't cost a fortune to post.
- All I know is that it costs us a fortune in cat food.
- Like I didn't spend a fortune having the Times sent to me every day.
- Like all Kias, the Sorento will not cost you a fortune to buy or to run.
- It will not cost a fortune to buy, insurance is not needed, maintenance is minimal and a driving licence is not essential.
- The whole system looked like a proper dog's dinner and it cost a fortune to set up.
- Items such as modern hi-tech lamps can cost a fortune to buy but you haven't begun to count the real cost until you work out what you pay to travel with them.
- This call is costing me a fortune, so don't waste my time and money denying this.
- While you can spend a fortune on buying and decorating your ideal dolls' home, you don't have to.
- It does not cost a fortune to make and is even better value for money if you buy a large sack of potatoes.
- We then spent a fortune buying all sorts of goodies from some of the shops in Glastonbury High Street.
- The huge raids cost a fortune, embarrassed the police and the tide of street dealers flowed back in.
- It may cost a fortune but it was definitely worth it.
- Officials also knew that upgrading the building to meet seismic standards would cost a fortune.
- I wouldn't have accepted if mum hadn't forked out a fortune to buy me this dress.
2.1(fate)I followed his fortune(s) with interest — seguí su trayectoria / sus peripecias con interés
- to tell/read sb's fortune — decirle/leerle la buenaventura a algn
- the fortunes of war — las vicisitudes de la guerra
2.2(destiny)destino masculinesino masculine literary
- At its core, Le Cercle Rouge is all about fortune, about how it cannot be forced nor can it be avoided.
- I should have known that such good luck was not my fortune though.
- I knew I wouldn't get a chance to slip in before class but fortune smiled on me in the form of an open window.
- However, fortune smiled upon them, as they had arrived in Nathaal a few hours earlier than expected.
- And just as the serpent had promised, good fortune smiled upon the woodcutter and his wife.
- Good fortune smiled however, when they added organic dairy products to their mix.
- But the pair suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune with smiles and embraced each other warmly at the end of an epic contest.
- Peter's exercised the discipline and fitness that we have come to expect from them, but were also forced to rely on fortune.
- He weighed up the opportunities which fortune provided.
- Notwithstanding those difficulties the biggest problem facing any publisher is chance and fickle fortune.
- There are few things I dislike more than feeling that my fate and fortune is in the hands of professional back-protectors.
- Even his eventual transfer was an accident of fortune.
- The idea of restoring the aircraft in the desert became more remote but good fortune smiled upon the museum.
- We are trying that all the time and on Sunday fortune smiled little bit on us.
- The veterinarian says fortune has smiled on his life.
- As a result she had been kicked around by fortune as it pleased, painfully aware of its brute force.
- Aries, the cosmic lamb/ram, thus was seen to control time and space and human fortune.
- Some are not so lucky, but I believe that fortune has smiled on him.
3(luck)good fortune — suerte
- it was my good fortune to … — tuve la suerte / la fortuna de …
- it was sheer good fortune that we arrived at the same time — fue pura suerte que llegáramos al mismo tiempo
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