serendipity

[ser-uhn-dip-i-tee]
noun
1.
an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
2.
good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.

Origin:
1754; Serendip + -ity; Horace Walpole so named a faculty possessed by the heroes of a fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip

serendipiter, serendipitist, serendipper, noun
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serendipity (ˌsɛrənˈdɪpɪtɪ)
 
n
the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident
 
[C18: coined by Horace Walpole, from the Persian fairytale The Three Princes of Serendip, in which the heroes possess this gift]
 
seren'dipitous
 
adj

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serendipity
1754 (but rare before 20c.), coined by Horace Walpole (1717-92) in a letter to Mann (dated Jan. 28); he said he formed it from the Persian fairy tale "The Three Princes of Serendip," whose heroes "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of." The name
is from Serendip, an old name for Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka), from Arabic Sarandib, from Skt. Simhaladvipa "Dwelling-Place-of-Lions Island." Serendipitous formed c.1950.
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Example sentences
It's not a discovery, it's a stumble into the past, serendipity.
Their discovery well illustrates what hobbyists find attractive about stamp
  collecting: serendipity.
Although this theory has been widely accepted, finding an actual shock breakout
  was due to extreme serendipity.
Serendipity plays an enormously important role in travel photography.
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