- fate; destiny.
Origin of kismet
Examples from the Web for kismet
Being cast in a role like Llewyn was kismet for Isaac, providing an outlet for all of his passions.‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Star Oscar Isaac Is About to Be a Very Big Deal
December 5, 2013
Yielding to a conviction that it was to be, I murmured “Kismet,” and descended from my chariot.The First Violin
If these "gifts of God" suffer and are a burden to others that is kismet.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
It is your kismet, as it was Gaddy's, and his kismet who can avoid?The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
Yet there are wise men who can read our kismet, and foretell.The Pacha of Many Tales
One told me the other day that he heard the steps of Kismet.The Secrets of a Kuttite
Edward O. Mousley
- Islam the will of Allah
- fate or destiny
Word Origin and History for kismet
"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.