- an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
- good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.
Origin of serendipity
Examples from the Web for serendipity
Then came one of those weird bits of serendipity that make the writing life—and the book tour—worth all the trouble.A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows
September 17, 2014
I was thinking of new ways to engage with my audience and with a bit of serendipity and inspiration the cake was born.DJ Steve Aoki: To Cake or Not To Cake
August 8, 2014
I often think about the fall lines of life, the invisible tightropes that divide moments of calamity and serendipity.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil
November 29, 2013
It strips music buying of serendipity and context, making Justin Bieber as important as the Beatles.From Bieber to the Beatles, How the iTunes Store Brooklynized Music
May 5, 2013
Get to know these three terms: Timeline, the Open Graph, and serendipity—the process of stumbling toward discovery.What Did Facebook Change Now?
September 21, 2011
That polite trifler is fond of a word which he coined himself—'Serendipity.'Miss Cayley's Adventures
They think of serendipity as earned, of work as bestowed, of success as deserved and reserved to the deserving.After the Rain
It is more than this: it is a matter of observation to any one with a moderate degree of "Serendipity."Humanly Speaking
Samuel McChord Crothers
It was just six o'clock, and the public-house opposite the Serendipity shop was lighting up.The Lure of Old London
Serendipity, sėr-en-dip′i-ti, n. a love for rare old books and other articles of virtu.
- the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident
Word Origin and History for serendipity
1754 (but rare before 20c.), coined by Horace Walpole (1717-92) in a letter to Horace Mann (dated Jan. 28); he said he formed it from the Persian fairy tale "The Three Princes of Serendip," whose heroes "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of." The name is from Serendip, an old name for Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka), from Arabic Sarandib, from Sanskrit Simhaladvipa "Dwelling-Place-of-Lions Island."