ser·​en·​dip·​i·​tous | \ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-təs \

Definition of serendipitous 

: obtained or characterized by serendipity serendipitous discoveries

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Feeling completely fit these days, Nadal is hoping for another serendipitous moment at Wimbledon. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Rafael Nadal has big advantage vs. Juan Martin del Potro in Wimbledon quarterfinals," 10 July 2018 The evolution of Overstock has been both deliberate and serendipitous. New York Times, "From Furniture to Cryptocurrency — Overstock Is on a Journey," 27 June 2018 Twice, serendipitous encounters in department stores steered him toward what would become his life’s work: immortalizing sharply observed moments through a nonjudgmental, unsentimental humanist lens. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Clemens Kalischer, 97, Refugee Photographer of Humanity, Dies," 15 June 2018 Reggaeton singer-songwriter Justin Quiles and super producer DJ Flow have been touring the world and making music magic since their serendipitous encounter at a club in Tampa, FL about four or five years ago. Marjua Estevez, Billboard, "Justin Quiles & DJ Flow Discuss the Makings of a Hit Record: Watch," 23 Feb. 2018 Rodman’s path to ingratiating himself with both Trump and Kim is serendipitous one. John Hudson, Washington Post, "A cryptocurrency for marijuana is backing Dennis Rodman’s trip to Singapore," 7 June 2018 Promoter Susanne Bartsch was reportedly an early supporter of both performers, which for some fans is too serendipitous to ignore. Nick Vadala,, "West Chester-born drag queen Aquaria makes it to 'RuPaul's Drag Race' finale," 15 June 2018 The ball pushed back and back, propelled by serendipitous winds, and over the wall for a solo home run, his 24th of the season. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Bocchi, Clemens lead Texas to CWS for 36th time," 11 June 2018 Her powers are about luck — but also trusting your instincts Her serendipitous powers are at the heart of what makes Domino compelling and put her in an eclectic pantheon of comic book characters that are supernaturally lucky, but with restrictions. Chris Sims, The Verge, "Domino deserves a spinoff film, and there are amazing comic stories to mine," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of serendipitous

1943, in the meaning defined above

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