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Examples of kismet in a Sentence
he always said that it was kismet that they met at a showing of their favorite movie
Recent Examples of kismet from the Web
In the end, though, SZA feels like the timing was kismet, and the result is a genre-bending blend of R&B, soul, and psychedelia that lived up to fans' growing anticipation.
There may have been a bit of kismet in the event, as the mutual friend, convinced that the two might make a couple, had earlier that day sent Ms. Schlosstein’s number to Mr. Strumwasser.
For the Paris tattoo artist and painter Sunny Buick, finding UkeHut felt like kismet.
Still, for all the political kismet between Trump and Putin—who share, among other things, a fondness for masculine projections of strength and a postmodern liberty with the truth—
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kismet Has Arabic Roots
Is it your fate to tie macramé while drinking coffee and eating sherbet in a minaret? That would be an unusual destiny, but if it turns out to be your kismet, you will owe much to Turkish and Arabic. We borrowed kismet from Turkish in the 1800s, but it ultimately derives from the Arabic qisma, meaning "portion" or "lot." Several other terms in our bizarre opening question (namely, macramé, coffee, sherbet, and minaret) have roots in those languages too. In the case of macramé and minaret, there is a little French influence as well. Coffee and macramé also have Italian relations, and sherbet has an ancestor in a Persian name for a type of cold drink.
Origin and Etymology of kismet
Turkish, from Arabic qisma portion, lot
First Known Use: 1834See Words from the same year
KISMET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kismet for English Language Learners
: a power that is believed to control what happens in the future
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