- 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 serendipitiesMore example sentences
- 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.
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’.