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kismet

[ kiz-met, kis- ]
/ ˈkɪz mɛt, ˈkɪs- /
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noun
fate; destiny: It must have been kismet that brought the bride and groom together a year ago.
(in Islam) the arbitrary will of Allah; divinely ordained fate: complete submission to kismet.
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Sometimes kis·mat [kiz-muht, kis-]. /ˈkɪz mət, ˈkɪs-/.

Origin of kismet

First recorded in 1840–50; from Turkish, from Persian qismat, from Arabic qisma, qismat- “division, portion, lot, fate,” akin to qasama “(he) divided,” from the (West) Semitic root qsm “to divide, allot”
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British Dictionary definitions for kismet

kismet
/ (ˈkɪzmɛt, ˈkɪs-) /

noun
Islam the will of Allah
fate or destiny

Word Origin for kismet

C19: from Turkish, from Persian qismat, from Arabic qasama he divided
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