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Difference between Gentleman of fortune and Man of fortune

gentleman of fortune—(euph., dated) a pirate:

  • By a “gentleman of fortune” they plainly meant neither more nor less than a common pirate.

man of fortunea person possessing great (usually inherited) wealth:

  • A sailing club consisting of four or five young men of fortune, have conducted the annual Regattas.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase fortunate man—a man favored by fortune; a lucky person:

  • He was a fortunate man, learning from her to embrace the simple joys of everyday life.