[ ser-uhn-dip-i-tee ]
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noun,plural ser·en·dip·i·ties.
  1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

  2. accidental discovery, or an instance of this: Alton’s premiere novel was a serendipity that affected my thinking in the most positive way.

  1. good fortune; luck: What serendipity—she got the first job she applied for!

Origin of serendipity

Serendip + -ity; coined by Horace Walpole in 1754 for an ability possessed by the heroes of a fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip

Other words from serendipity

  • ser·en·dip·it·er, ser·en·dip·i·tist, ser·en·dip·per, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for serendipity


/ (ˌsɛrənˈdɪpɪtɪ) /

  1. the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident

Origin of serendipity

C18: coined by Horace Walpole, from the Persian fairytale The Three Princes of Serendip, in which the heroes possess this gift

Derived forms of serendipity

  • serendipitous, adjective

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