Word of the Day : March 19, 2016

kismet

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noun KIZZ-met

Definition

: fate

Did You Know?

Is it your fate to tie macramé while drinking coffee and eating sherbet in a minaret? That would be an unusual destiny, but if it turns out to be your kismet, you will owe much to Turkish and Arabic. We borrowed kismet from Turkish in the 1800s, but it ultimately derives from the Arabic qisma, meaning "portion" or "lot." Several other terms in our bizarre opening question (namely, macramé, coffee, sherbet, and minaret) have roots in those languages too. In the case of macramé and minaret, there is a little French influence as well. Coffee and macramé also have Italian relations, and sherbet has an ancestor in a Persian name for a type of cold drink.


Examples

It may have been kismet that brought the business duo together, but it was a case of smart research and development on his part and innovative advertising on hers that really launched the product.

"The fact that Davis Love III was named U.S. Ryder Cup captain the same day his son, Dru, … won his first college title was too much kismet to ignore." — Ryan Herrington, Golf World, 2 Mar. 2015



Name That Synonym

What 5-letter word beginning with "w" is a synonym of the noun kismet but is more common as an adjective meaning "strange" or "odd"?

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