Definition of destiny in English:


Line breaks: des|tiny
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛstɪni

noun (plural destinies)

1The events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future: she was unable to control her own destiny
More example sentences
  • The very destinies of future generations can be changed right here for eternity, I think.
  • The intricate events and various destinies interplay into a complicated story.
  • They would know that in future the destinies of all its citizens would be entirely in their own hands.
1.1 [mass noun] The hidden power believed to control future events; fate: he believed in destiny
More example sentences
  • It seems that people who want to achieve should believe in destiny, rather than chance.
  • He believes the hand of destiny is on his side, just as it was when he was tearing up the track everywhere from the Isle of Man to Japan.
  • I had to believe that history, destiny, was written at a much more profound level.
future, fate, fortune, doom;
lot, portion, due;
literary dole
divine decree, God's will, kismet, the stars;
luck, fortune, chance;
Hinduism & Buddhism karma;
Greek & Roman Mythology the Fates;
Greek Mythology Moirai;
Roman Mythology Parcae;
Norse Mythology the Norns


Middle English: from Old French destinee, from Latin destinata, feminine past participle of destinare 'make firm, establish'.

Definition of destiny in: