Thursday, October 18, 2001
serendipity noun [ser-uhn-DIP-uh-tee] The faculty or phenomenon of making fortunate accidental discoveries.
Definitions for serendipity
- The faculty or phenomenon of making fortunate accidental discoveries.
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Citations for serendipity
Still, I was more subject to serendipity than I yet knew. Soon risk, chance, and a letter from Sir Alun Reese-Jones, the Master of Trinity, my college at Cambridge, were to set my life on an adventurous course.
Yet even as I planned a rough route, leaving plenty of room for serendipity, I was uncomfortably aware that journeys have a way of creating their own momentum.
Origin of serendipity
The word serendipity was formed by English author Horace Walpole (1717-1797) from Serendip (also Serendib), an old name for Sri Lanka, in reference to a Persian tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes "discovered, quite unexpectedly, great and wonderful good in the most unlikely of situations, places and people."