What does serendipity mean?

Definitions for serendipityˌsɛr ənˈdɪp ɪ ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word serendipity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. serendipity(noun)

    good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

Wiktionary

  1. serendipity(Noun)

    An unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident and sagacity.

  2. serendipity(Noun)

    A combination of events which are not individually beneficial, but occurring together produce a good or wonderful outcome.

  3. Origin: . Coined by Horace Walpole, 1754. Serendip is an old name for Sri Lanka.

Freebase

  1. Serendipity

    Serendipity means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. The word has been voted one of the ten English words hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company. However, due to its sociological use, the word has been exported into many other languages.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of serendipity in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of serendipity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hal Buell:

    Pictures are a combination of serendipity, instinct and experience, of course a good photographer has all of these things going for him.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Serendipity communicates with prepared minds, in my view, often leading to miraculous creations and inventions. Serendipity will dance with you if you're already on the dance floor. You mustn't expect it to happen if you're among many spectators who are merely watching others dance. So get on the dance floor right away, and have a good dance with Serendipity when your moment arrives.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We often hear the phrases like "Universe sending messages" or "Serendipity" whenever people describe an unexpected life-changing event, or an invention that happened unexpectedly as a totally unintended consequence of otherwise normal course of actions. As a Scientist, I do think that no new invention happens by either best design of experiments or coincidental chance taken alone. A deeper analysis always reveals that any notable invention is often the result of a synergistic meeting of statistical probability with well planned strategy, i. e. it's a combination of uncertainty with certainty that occurs at right time in right place. As Louis Pasteur said it correctly, Chance always favors only the prepared mind. So in my view, you must keep your mind alert, sharp and well prepared at all times while working on your goals, because you never know when Serendipity would visit you, or when Universe would tap on your shoulder to give you the serendipitous signs. Only your prepared mind would enable you to welcome wonderful Serendipity in your life, and understand the subtle signs sent to you by Universe.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We often hear the phrases like "Universe sending messages" or "Serendipity" whenever people describe an unexpected life-changing event, or an invention that happened unexpectedly as a totally unintended consequence of otherwise normal course of actions. As a Scientist, I do think that no new invention happens by either best design of experiments or coincidental chance taken alone. A deeper analysis always reveals that any notable invention is often the result of a synergistic meeting of statistical probability with well planned strategy, i. e. it's a combination of uncertainty with certainty that occurs at right time in right place. As Louis Pasteur said it correctly, "Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.' meaning 'In the field of observations, chance favors theprepared mind.' So, you must keep your mind alert, sharp and well prepared at all times, because you never know when Serendipity would visit you, or when Universe would tap on your shoulder to give you the serendipitous signs. Only your prepared mind would enable you to welcome wonderful Serendipity in your life, and understand the subtle signs sent to you by Universe.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We often hear the phrases like "Universe is telling me with signs" or "karma is calling" or "kismet making connection" or "serendipity" or "chance" or"coincidence" and so on, whenever people refer to an unexpected life-changing event or a major scientific breakthrough that happened as an unintended consequence of otherwise normal course of actions. As a Scientist, I do think that any new invention doesn't happen by chance alone, as it may appear at the outset. Deeper analysis always reveals that any notable invention is almost alwaysa result of the synergistic meeting of statistical probability with well planned strategy, i. e. it's a combination of uncertainty with certainty that occurs at right time in right place. As Louis Pasteur said it 'Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.' meaning 'In the field of observations, chance favors theprepared mind.' So, keep your mind alert and well prepared at all times, because you never know when Serendipity would visit you, or when Universe would tap on your shoulder to give you the signs. Only your prepared mind would enable you to welcome wonderful Serendipity and understand the subtle signs sent to you by Universe.

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Translations for serendipity

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • serendipityCzech
  • serendipityDanish
  • unverhofftes Glück, glücklicher Zufall, freudige Überraschung, wunderbares Geschehen, unerwartete Entdeckung, überraschendes Ereignis, Zufallstreffer, glückliche Fügung, wunderbares Zusammentreffen, überraschende Erfahrung, Serendipität, überraschendes Erlebnis, SpürsinnGerman
  • τυχαιότηταGreek
  • serendipidad, serendipiaSpanish
  • [[onnekas]] [[sattuma]], serendipityFinnish
  • sérendipité, coup de pot, chance, heureux hazard, aubaineFrench
  • नसीबHindi
  • serendipityHungarian
  • scoperta, serendipità, SerendipityItalian
  • סרנדיפיטיHebrew
  • 偶察力, セレンディピティJapanese
  • serendipityLatin
  • toevalstreffer, serendipiteitDutch
  • serendipityNorwegian
  • SerendipityPolish
  • serendipitia, serendipidadePortuguese
  • serendipitateRomanian
  • [[счастливый, везучесть, интуитивная прозорливостьRussian
  • serendipitet, Swedish
  • 運氣Chinese

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