C15: via Old French from Latin opportūnus, from ob- to + portus harbour (originally: coming to the harbour, obtaining timely protection)
opportune for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ɒpəʳtjuːn, US -tuːn)
graded adjective & adjective
If something happens at an opportune time or is opportune, it happens at the time that is most convenient for someone or most likely to lead to success. [formal] ⇒ I believe that I have arrived at a very opportune moment. ⇒ The timing of the meetings was opportune.
`I believe, according to Major Saadi, that I have arrived at a very opportune moment.Forrest, Roberta WHEN THE APRICOTS BLOOMSarah Douglas's invitation had come at an opportune moment.Barbara Erskine SANDS OF TIMEHe would tell her, when the time was opportune , but meanwhile he didn't have to clam up entirely.Jenkins, Geoffrey A DAYSTAR OF FEARThe Prince considered this an opportune time to bring up what had been on his mind most of the day.Traci Harding THE ANCIENT FUTURE: THE DARK AGE