Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “serendipity”


noun [U]     /ˌser.ənˈdɪp.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/ formal
the fact of finding interesting or valuable things by chance Good luck and bad luck serendipitous     /-təs/ US  /-t̬əs/ adjective Reading should be an adventure , a personal experience full of serendipitous surprises .Chance and randomnessCausing pleasure
(Definition of serendipity noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of serendipity

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Good luck and bad luck, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Definitions of “serendipity” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


the skill or activity of preparing and cooking food

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More