ser·​en·​dip·​i·​tous ˌser-ən-ˈdi-pə-təs How to pronounce serendipitous (audio)
: obtained or characterized by serendipity
serendipitous discoveries
serendipitously adverb

Examples of serendipitous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If so, perhaps Enceladus is a microcosm of the universe: a serendipitous combination of tidal heating and radioactivity. Quanta Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 The couple’s baby came at a serendipitous time — the day of the Super Bowl on Feb. 12, 2023. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 The world’s poor would no longer need to rely on serendipitous discoveries of a dual-use drug. Christopher B. Barrett, Foreign Affairs, 25 Sep. 2023 By Alice Park October 5, 2023 2:31 PM EDT There’s been a surge in demand for a class of diabetes drugs that are now popular for their serendipitous byproduct: weight loss. Alice Park, TIME, 5 Oct. 2023 The original band’s success, in his view, was less about genius than serendipitous timing. Steve Smith, New York Times, 25 Sep. 2023 In a moment of serendipitous timing, Blenders found out that Sanders — recently named the coach at Colorado — was hunting an eyewear deal. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023 Film festivals are often elevated by moments of serendipitous discovery. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Instead of a serendipitous smile, though, Harris received the cold shoulder from her colleague. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of serendipitous was in 1943

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“Serendipitous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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