[ ser-uhn-dip-i-tee ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
1754; English coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’
  • fluke
  • happenstance
  • blessing
  • luck
  • happy chance
  • bad fortune
  • bad luck
  • misfortune
an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident
They considered the event a fortunate stroke of serendipity.
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