Definition of serendipity in English:


Line breaks: ser¦en|dip¦ity
Pronunciation: /ˌsɛr(ə)nˈdɪpɪti


[mass noun]
  • The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: a fortunate stroke of serendipity [count noun]: a series of small serendipities
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    • I don't worry about surveillance as much as I worry that chance encounters and serendipity may disappear.
    • Evolution seems to proceed not by design but by chance and serendipity.
    • While there is appeal in the spontaneity and serendipity of these events, they do not amount to community.
    chance, happy chance, accident, happy accident, fluke; luck, good luck, good fortune, fortuity, fortuitousness, providence; coincidence, happy coincidence


1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’.

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