V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: good luck in discovering unexpected things

Synonyms: luck, fortune, coincidence, chance


Tips: Serendipity is often used as a sophisticated way of describing luck. When things happen out of serendipity, it usually seems like they're meant to be, although they happen through coincidence. Serendipitous is a related adjective that means "coincidental and lucky." A perfect use of serendipity is to describe a situation where a person was pursuing something and stumbles upon an even greater find or fortune, one that was completely different from their original pursuit. For example, if you joined a club to make new friends and you ended up meeting the love of your life, that would be a perfect example of serendipity.

Usage Examples:

In addition to his hard work, I would say his success was in part due to serendipity--the proverbial "being at the right place at the right time." (luck, chance)

I landed a great job when I bumped into an old friend at the grocery store--talk about serendipity! (luck, fortune, chance)

We didn't want to over-plan our trip because we wanted to leave ourselves open to serendipitous adventures. (lucky, accidental, chance) adjective

Many couples think that their meeting and coming together was pure serendipity. (luck, chance, happy coincidence)

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