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  • The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

    ‘a fortunate stroke of serendipity’
    • ‘a series of small serendipities’
    • ‘I don't worry about surveillance as much as I worry that chance encounters and serendipity may disappear.’
    • ‘Evolution seems to proceed not by design but by chance and serendipity.’
    • ‘While there is appeal in the spontaneity and serendipity of these events, they do not amount to community.’
    • ‘Nick is talking about a different sort of thing - a high incidence of serendipity and coincidence in one's life.’
    • ‘It's only luck or rather serendipity, which makes them successful.’
    • ‘With yet another stroke of serendipity, they are BOTH newly single!’
    • ‘A mixture of serendipity, personal experience and recommendation built the list of artists.’
    • ‘Discovery, for an artist, is rarely the much-advertised miracle of serendipity.’
    • ‘What is lost, some say, is the experience of serendipity and the delight in finding things that you would not naturally seek out.’
    • ‘One of the nicest things about traveling is the part that serendipity plays in our adventures.’
    • ‘Success often depends on serendipity and clues turned up by other investigations.’
    • ‘Such serendipity is typical of a constantly surprising show whose overlapping paths continually come full circle.’
    • ‘Like most worthwhile adventures, the origins of this particular grand excursion are rooted in pure serendipity.’
    • ‘A few weeks ago, in one of those moments of serendipity, I came across a book waiting to be placed in our law library's rare book collection.’
    • ‘It was only through sheer serendipity that he found what he was looking for bobbing about on the Clyde just a few miles from his home in Woodlands.’
    • ‘There is huge serendipity in life and we cannot plan for it of course.’
    • ‘The arts develop because of aptitude, talent, genius, hard work and serendipity.’
    • ‘In his own words, he scraped a living in Bangkok but then serendipity came again in the form of a meeting with two influential people in Bangkok.’
    • ‘Through standard musical comedy serendipity, George is given an audition opposite Clare!’
    • ‘You might say this is serendipity, but you really have to make these things happen.’
    chance, happy chance, accident, happy accident, fluke
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/ˌserənˈdipədē/ /ˌsɛrənˈdɪpədi/


1754 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’.