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serendipity

[ ser-uhn-dip-i-tee ]
/ ˌsɛr ənˈdɪp ɪ ti /
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noun
an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
good fortune; luck: What serendipity—she got the first job she applied for!
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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

serendipity
/ (ˌsɛrənˈdɪpɪtɪ) /

noun
the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident

Derived forms of serendipity

serendipitous, adjective

Word Origin for serendipity

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