Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fate; fortune.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fate; a predetermined or unavoidable destiny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Destiny; fate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lot; destiny; fate: an Oriental term denoting man's lot in life or any detail or incident of it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Islam) the will of Allah

Etymologies

Turkish, from Persian qismat, from Arabic qisma, lot, from qasama, to divide, allot; see qsm in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Turkish kısmet, from Arabic قِسْمَة (qismä). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whoever came up with the term kismet is an absolute moron.

    Leox

  • That evening, the feeling returned -- what I called kismet yesterday.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • Thaddeus, the only thing messing with your kismet is your denial of what you truly want.

    Sin in Soul's Kitchen

  • Ever since I read The Magic Mountain, sanitariums not rehabs! have had a romantic draw for me, and, too, it was appealing, after all, to have a firm destination, to not rely entirely on kismet, which isn't always so reliable, this being one of the drawbacks of kismet.

    Wake Up, Sir!

  • Yet because you are so wayward I will help you once or twice more, and then I will leave you to your own course -- which you, in your blindness, will call your kismet, not seeing that your fate is continually in your own hands -- more so at this moment than ever before.

    Mr. Isaacs

  • The stars, or the fates or Kâli, or whatever you like to term your kismet, your portion of good and evil, allotted me a somewhat happier existence than generally falls to the share of young slaves in

    Mr. Isaacs

  • We should hang out, clink our highball glasses, and salute the kind of kismet that competent women often need to create real achievement.

    Ann Handley: Sarah and Me: Junior High with Sarah Palin

  • It is that kind of kismet that sometimes determines whether careers are made or broken: the right quarterback with the right coach in the right system.

    Thanks for the Memories, Brett

  • I asked him if the notion of "kismet" ‎ or "fate" helped his patients in London; not at all, he said, and he never even broached ‎ the subject to his patients, so counter-productive would it be.

    The Perils of Cultural Absolutism

  • On the other hand, when he ‎ was a psychiatrist in Bangladesh, he routinely used to appeal to the notion of "kismet" to ‎ assuage the individual's feelings of guilt: some things are just beyond our control, ‎ whether westerners admit it or not! ‎

    The Perils of Cultural Absolutism

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  • What really strikes me as odd is that so many pizzerias are called "Kismet"... "The last pizza you'll ever eat!"

    July 1, 2009

  • I like ka better. Something about this word rubs me the wrong way, but I have no idea what it is.

    May 9, 2007

  • Kismet

    February 14, 2007

  • kismet (kizmet, kizmat, kizmit) turkish from Arabic qismah portion, lot noun fate, fortune, destiny: "It’s predestined on the face of it. Yes, tell him it’s Kismet. Kismet, mallum? (Fate! Do you understand?)" (Rudyard Kipling, Kim, 1901).

    December 18, 2006