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