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|Kevin Fallon|December 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Do you remember our talk on the way home after Kismet—four hours or several years ago: which is it?The Day of Days|Louis Joseph Vance
On our side was Worldiness running up and down, helter-skelter; on the other, the repose of Kismet.From sketch-book and diary|Elizabeth Butler
Yet there are wise men who can read our kismet, and foretell.The Pacha of Many Tales|Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for kismet
Word Origin for kismet
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.