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


  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.


  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. Peter McWilliams:

    In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    .....you may call it Karma, Kismet or Serendipity or whatever you like, it's a "given" that what you sow is what you get (WYSIWYG). Everything returns, so be good to people. It's the best gift you can offer to yourself and the world, no matter what happens.

  4. 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.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I like the interesting tiny button on Google Homepage: 'I'm Feeling Lucky'. In my view as a rational scientist, 'Feeling Lucky' can be very important, because good things often happen when 'Luck' or 'Serendipity' meets 'Prepared mind'. We know that many great inventions and wonderful creations were born with such magical meeting of Serendipity and a prepared mind of the person feeling lucky at that precise moment. So feel lucky with a prepared mind, and good things will follow.

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Translations for serendipity

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • الصدفةArabic
  • 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
  • serendipityIndonesian
  • 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
  • వూహించనిTelugu
  • serendipityTurkish
  • کر SerendipityUrdu
  • 運氣Chinese

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