from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Suited or right for a particular purpose: an opportune place to make camp.
  • adj. Occurring at a fitting or advantageous time: an opportune arrival.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Suitable for some particular purpose.
  • adj. At a convenient or advantageous time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Convenient; ready; hence, seasonable; timely.
  • transitive v. To suit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Seasonable; timely; well-timed; convenient.
  • Conveniently exposed; liable; open.
  • To suit; accommodate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose


Middle English, from Old French opportun, from Latin opportūnus, from ob portum (veniēns), (coming) toward port : ob, to; see ob- + portum, accusative of portus, harbor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin opportunus, from the phrase: ob portum veniens ("coming towards a port"). (Wiktionary)



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