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
Word Origin 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.