(noun) Deemed as one of the most beautiful words in the English language, meaning an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. It is voted as one of the top ten hardest English words to translate.
- Etymology: It was first coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter he wrote to a friend Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had made by reference to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The princes, he told his correspondent, were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of.”