Definitions for serendipityˌsɛr ənˈdɪp ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ser•en•dip•i•tyˌsɛr ənˈdɪp ɪ ti(n.)

  1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

  2. good fortune; luck.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of serendipity:

1754; Serendip+ -ity ; Horace Walpole so named a faculty possessed by the heroes of a fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip

Princeton's WordNet

  1. serendipity(noun)

    good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries


  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.


  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.

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