un·for·tu·nate / ˌənˈfÃ´rchənət/ • adj. having or marked by bad fortune; unlucky: the unfortunate Cunningham was fired. ∎ (of a circumstance) unfavorable or inauspicious: the delay at the airport was an unfortunate start to our vacation. ∎ regrettable or inappropriate: his unfortunate remark silenced the gathering. • n. (often unfortunates) a person who suffers bad fortune. ∎ archaic a person who is considered immoral or lacking in religious faith or instruction, esp. a prostitute.