serendipity


ser·en·dip·i·ty

noun \ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē\

: luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for

Full Definition of SERENDIPITY

:  the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also :  an instance of this

Examples of SERENDIPITY

  1. They found each other by pure serendipity.
  2. As they leapfrog from South Africa to Singapore in search of local delicacies, the authors prove again and again that serendipity is the traveler's strongest ally: many of their most memorable meals issue from the hands of generous strangers … —Sarah Karnasiewicz, Saveur, June/July 2008

Origin of SERENDIPITY

from its possession by the heroes of the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip
First Known Use: 1754

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