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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Definitions for kismet

  1. fate; destiny.

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Citations for kismet
In the way that a randomly shuffled song on your headphones can feel like thrilling kismet, suddenly, this semi-animate speaker seemed to belong in my home. Sarah Larson, "Yelling at Amazon's Alexa," The New Yorker, October 6, 2016
It was kismet that it happened with you, and today! Orhan Pamuk, The Black Book, translated by Güneli Gün, 1994
Origin of kismet
1840-1850
The English noun kismet “fate” comes straight from Turkish kismet, which in turn comes from Persian qismat, from Arabic qisma, qismat- “lot,” from qasama “(he) divided,” from the (West) Semitic root qsm- “to divide, allot.” Long before the arrival of Islam, Persian was used as an imperial administrative and literary language, contributing to the vocabulary of neighboring languages, especially the Turkic languages of Anatolia, central Asia, and some Indo-Aryan languages of the Indian subcontinent, especially Urdu. These languages received terms relating to Islam indirectly via Persian rather than directly from Arabic. Kismet entered English in the 19th century.