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

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Other Words from serendipitous

serendipitously adverb

Examples of serendipitous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That bad fortune seemed serendipitous for the Buckeyes. New York Times, "Was the College Football Season Worth It?," 30 Dec. 2020 This is the story of the serendipitous friendship between two men, set in a tottering village in the west of Ireland. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Researchers noticed that a particular COVID molecular test made by testing giant Thermo Fisher, which targets three different spots in the COV2 virus’s genome, has a serendipitous ability to signal that a coronavirus may be of the UK type. San Diego Union-Tribune, "First California case of UK coronavirus variant confirmed in San Diego County," 30 Dec. 2020 Ware has had serendipitous strokes of luck in the past. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Mallow Box dessert shop in Plano gets creative with s’mores bowls, shakes and ‘mallookies’," 21 Dec. 2020 In one last bit of serendipitous coincidence, Maggie’s fate recalled that of the Simpsons’ Stampy, who was also donated to a wildlife preserve. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a 1960s publicity stunt landed a baby elephant named Annabelle in Alaska," 7 Dec. 2020 After sharing the serendipitous story with surrounding staff and customers, Rountree took her lunch break early to bring Abby home, where she was reunited with Coco — her 6-month-old chiweenie dog sister. Washington Post, "A dog was missing for weeks. Then it wandered into Walmart and found its owner working at the register.," 4 Dec. 2020 The new collection came about by something of a serendipitous accident. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Joni Mitchell’s Youthful Artistry," 29 Nov. 2020 If his choice for the floors was intentional, other early elements were more serendipitous. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "Amaro Sánchez de Moya Became a Master of Illusion in His New Seville Apartment," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of serendipitous

1943, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2021

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“Serendipitous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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