Share this entry
kismet Syllabification: kis·met
Pronunciation: /ˈkizmit/ /-ˌmet/

Definition of kismet in English:


Destiny; fate: what chance did I stand against kismet?
More example sentences
  • And so Basrans toil in the blazing heat of the Arabian Gulf, waiting for fate, kismet, providence, grace - or perhaps the more earthly mechanism of globalization - to inspire them to reclaim their former greatness.
  • Call it kismet, fate, whatever, but things happen for a reason.
  • The Hindu and Buddhist idea of karma and the Muslim idea of kismet, or fate condemn the poor and the disabled to their suffering… It's the will of Allah.


Early 19th century: from Turkish, from Arabic ḳismat 'division, portion, lot', from ḳasama 'to divide'.

Definition of kismet in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources