- The definition of serendipitous refers to something good or fortunate that happens as a result of luck or chance.
When you meet the person who becomes your spouse because your train is late that day, this is an example of a serendipitous event.
Variant of serendipity
- a seeming gift for finding something good accidentally
- luck, or good fortune, in finding something good accidentally
- an instance of this
Origin: coined (c. 1754) by Horace Walpole after The Three Princes of Serendip (i.e., Sri Lanka), a Persian fairy tale inch(es) which the princes make such discoveries
- serendipitous adjective
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