Serendipity definition

sĕrən-dĭpĭ-tē
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An instance of finding something good accidentally.
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The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
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The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
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Luck, or good fortune, in finding something good accidentally.
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A seeming gift for finding something good accidentally.
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An instance of making such a discovery.
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Serendipity is when someone accidently finds something good.

An example of serendipity is finding a twenty dollar bill in the pocket of a coat you haven't worn in awhile.

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An unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected, but fortunate, discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident.
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A combination of events which are not individually beneficial, but occurring together produce a good or wonderful outcome.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
serendipity
Plural:
serendipities

Origin of serendipity

  • From the characters in the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip who made such discoveries from Persian Sarandīp Sri Lanka from Arabic Sarandīb ultimately from Sanskrit Siṃhaladvīpaḥ Siṃhalaḥ Sri Lanka dvīpaḥ island Dhivehi

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Serendip (“variant of Serendib: Ceylon, Sri Lanka") +"Ž -ity. Coined by Horace Walpole in 1754 based on the Persian story of The Three Princes of Serendip, who (Walpole wrote to a friend) were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of".

    From Wiktionary