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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
Did You Know?
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: 1834
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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