[ kiz-met, kis- ]
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  1. fate; destiny: It must have been kismet that brought the bride and groom together a year ago.

  2. (in Islam) the arbitrary will of Allah; divinely ordained fate: complete submission to kismet.

Origin of kismet

First recorded in 1840–50; from Turkish, from Persian qismat, from Arabic qisma, qismat- “division, portion, lot, fate,” akin to qasama “(he) divided,” from the (West) Semitic root qsm “to divide, allot”
  • Sometimes kis·mat [kiz-muht, kis-]. /ˈkɪz mət, ˈkɪs-/.

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How to use kismet in a sentence

  • My reply was 'kismet,' which means that it was a sin to think of the future.

    Travels in Central Asia | Arminius Vmbry
  • My master had many English attributes, but in the shrug, the pantomime of kismet, he was exclusively French.

    The Belovd Vagabond | William J. Locke
  • No idle chance brought us together to-day, Don; it was that kismet to which the Arab ascribes every act of life.

  • If she gets run down by some bustling ship or another, it is kismet, and not to be helped.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif | Frank T. Bullen

British Dictionary definitions for kismet


/ (ˈkɪzmɛt, ˈkɪs-) /

  1. Islam the will of Allah

  2. fate or destiny

Origin of kismet

C19: from Turkish, from Persian qismat, from Arabic qasama he divided

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