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serendipitous

Definition:

lucky in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

serendipity

Comparative:

more serendipitous

Superlative:

most serendipitous

Similar to:

lucky

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

coined by Horace Walpole, from the Persian fairytale The Three Princes of...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Serendipity

means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it. The word has been voted one of the ten English words hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British... (42 of 1261 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Serendipity

Collins Dictionary:

serendipitous | serendipity

fortunate or lucky, especially unexpectedly so | the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident (14 of 404 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/serendipitous

American Heritage Dictionary:

serendipity | serendipities [plural] | serendipitous [adjective, related] | serendipitously [adverb, related]

The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. | The fact or occurrence of such discoveries. | An instance of making such a discovery. (22 of 170 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/serendipity

New World Dictionary:

serendipity | serendipitous [adjective, related]

a seeming gift for finding something good accidentally | luck, or good fortune, in finding something good accidentally | an instance of this (21 of 54 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/serendipity

Cambridge Dictionary:

serendipity [formal] | serendipitous [adjective, derived]

the lucky tendency to find interesting or valuable things by chance (11 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/serendipity

Oxford Dictionary:

serendipitous | serendipitously [derived]

occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way (11 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/serendipitous

Random House Dictionary:

serendipitous

come upon or found by accident; fortuitous. | of, pertaining to, or suggesting serendipity. | good; beneficial; favorable. (16 of 32 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/serendipitous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

serendipitous [literary]

pleasant and happening by chance (5 of 29 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/serendipitous

Merriam-Webster:

serendipitous | serendipitously [adverb, related]

obtained or characterized by serendipity (5 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/serendipitous

Wiktionary:

serendipitous

By serendipity; by unexpected good fortune. | Good, beneficial, favorable, etc.. (10 of 11 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/serendipitous

Encarta Dictionary:

lucky | luckier [comparative] | luckiest [superlative] | luckiness [noun, derived]

relating to advantage or good fortune | having success or advantage, especially when it's unexpected | producing or bringing good fortune | as a ... (21 of 172 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861739038​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Collins Dictionary:

serendipitous | serendipity

First use: 18th century

Origin: coined by Horace Walpole, from the Persian fairytale The Three Princes of Serendip, in which the heroes possess this gift

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/serendipitous

Audio references

Cambridge Dictionary:

serendipity [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "serendipitous"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "serendipitous"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/serendipity

Macmillan American Dictionary:

serendipitous [literary]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "serendipitous"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/serendipitous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

serendipitous [literary]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "serendipitous"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/serendipitous

the Free Dictionary:

serendipitous

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "serendipitous"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "serendipitous"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/serendipitous

Google Dictionary:

serendipitous

Audio: English pronunciation of "serendipitous"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=serendipitous

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

serendipitous

Audio: North American pronunciation of "serendipitous"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=serend​01 word=serendipitous

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