ser·​en·​dip·​i·​tous | \ ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-təs How to pronounce serendipitous (audio) \

Definition of serendipitous

: obtained or characterized by serendipity serendipitous discoveries

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from serendipitous

serendipitously adverb

Examples of serendipitous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Non-linear, semi-random storytelling feel fresh and serendipitous. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Telling Lies takes an intimate, expansive view of interactive storytelling," 23 Aug. 2019 An interesting ride companion is the modern equivalent of the serendipitous airplane seatmate. Simone Stolzoff,, "They called an UberPool and found love," 27 Aug. 2019 Faced with a no, artists may venture deeper into creative territory, searching for a serendipitous workaround that’s even better than the original thought. New York Times, "How Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon Got Intimate," 26 June 2019 Sometimes serendipitous discoveries turn out to be the most memorable, such as the deer on Miyajima and the eel in the fish market. Andrew Bender,, "A trip to Japan with my teenage nephew leads to life lessons," 16 June 2019 But experiencing the story that way will take away the sense of serendipitous discovery and non-linear storytelling that makes the game special. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Telling Lies takes an intimate, expansive view of interactive storytelling," 23 Aug. 2019 What makes the exhibit more serendipitous is that all of the fashion designers featured in the exhibit once had their offices at 10 Times Square. Nadia Neophytou, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Broadway Set Designer's Chance Find Becomes New York Fashion Week Exhibit," 22 Aug. 2019 Like all serendipitous social media fascinations, there is a spark of academic possibility amid the chicken insults. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Brands are beefing about who has the best chicken sandwich, and it's a mess," 20 Aug. 2019 And his three sons are following in his footsteps, a serendipitous coincidence that Bill Jauss, who died in 2012, would’ve absolutely loved. Paul Sullivan,, "The next generation of Jausses is keeping Bill’s legacy alive, working in the sport he loved," 17 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'serendipitous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of serendipitous

1943, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about serendipitous

Statistics for serendipitous

Last Updated

10 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for serendipitous

The first known use of serendipitous was in 1943

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on serendipitous

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for serendipitous

Comments on serendipitous

What made you want to look up serendipitous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a bell tower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!