kismet

[ kiz-mit, -met, kis- ]
/ ˈkɪz mɪt, -mɛt, ˈkɪs- /

noun

fate; destiny.

Nearby words

  1. kisi,
  2. kiska,
  3. kiskadee,
  4. kislev,
  5. kismayu,
  6. kiss,
  7. kiss and make up,
  8. kiss and tell,
  9. kiss ass,
  10. kiss curl

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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British Dictionary definitions for kismat

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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Word Origin and History for kismat

kismet

n.
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