[ kiz-mit, -met, kis- ]
/ ˈkɪz mɪt, -mɛt, ˈkɪs- /
Also kis·mat [kiz-muh t, kis-] /ˈkɪz mət, ˈkɪs-/.
Origin of kismet
1840–50; < Turkish < Persian qismat < Arabic qismah division, portion, lot, fate, akin to qasama to divide
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/ (ˈkɪzmɛt, ˈkɪs-) /
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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"fate, destiny," 1834, from Turkish qismet, from Arabic qismah, qismat "portion, lot, fate," from root of qasama "he divided."
From a nation of enthusiasts and conquerors, the Osmanlis became a nation of sleepers and smokers. They came into Europe with the sword in one hand and the Koran in the other: were they driven out of their encampment, it would be with the Koran in one hand and the pipe in the other, crying: 'Kismet! Kismet! Allah kehrim!' (God hath willed it! God is great!) [Dr. James O. Noyes, "The Ottoman Empire," "The Knickerbocker," October 1858]
Popularized as the title of a novel in 1877.
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