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Definition of serendipitous

: obtained or characterized by serendipity serendipitous discoveries

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serendipitously adverb

Examples of serendipitous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book arrived at a seemingly serendipitous moment, offering a bleak but candid view at communities gutted by drug abuse and poverty. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Hillbilly Elegy Is One of the Worst Movies of the Year," 23 Nov. 2020 But the web can’t re-create the tactile, serendipitous experience of thumbing through the stacks at a local library. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, "Quirky collection in Hennepin County's Central Library is 'like your own personal museum'," 23 Nov. 2020 The timing for such an undertaking seemed serendipitous. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Taking on turducken for National Cook Something Bold Day," 13 Nov. 2020 Since that serendipitous moment, Shito has traveled the world, helping shape the look of a contemporary street style photography. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In Need of Some Street Style? Rei Shito’s New Book is Just the Fix," 13 Nov. 2020 Seraphine debuted in the middle of a pandemic, which seems serendipitous for a virtual-only star. Washington Post, "‘League of Legends’ K-pop group K/DA is about setting, not chasing, the trend," 6 Nov. 2020 Emma Gonzalez, whose rousing speech denouncing gun violence just days after the Parkland events gives the film its title, struggles with self-worth and the serendipitous nature of her rise to becoming a public figure. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Parkland documentary ‘Us Kids’ offers more than thoughts and prayers," 29 Oct. 2020 It’s the sort of serendipitous interaction that Hofstetter said might not have happened in the current remote work environment. Alyssa Newcomb, NBC News, "Front-yard happy hours to brainstorming in the park: Finding ways to beat the WFH blues," 18 Sep. 2020 So many things are serendipitous, and with me that was the case. Saijel Kishan,, "Climate, Not Elections, Will Move Markets Soon, Says ESG Pioneer," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of serendipitous

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Serendipitous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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