[kiz-mit, -met, kis-] /ˈkɪz mɪt, -mɛt, ˈkɪs-/
(Islam) the will of Allah
fate or destiny
“fate, destiny,” 1834, from Turkish qismet, from Arabic qismah, qismat “portion, lot, fate,” from root of qasama “he divided.”
From a nation of enthusiasts and conquerors, the Osmanlis became a nation of sleepers and smokers. They came into Europe with the sword in one hand and the Koran in the other: were they driven out of their encampment, it would be with the Koran in one hand and the pipe in the other, crying: ‘Kismet! Kismet! Allah kehrim!’ (God hath willed it! God is great!) [Dr. James O. Noyes, “The Ottoman Empire,” “The Knickerbocker,” October 1858]
Popularized as the title of a novel in 1877.
[kis-uh-buh l] /ˈkɪs ə bəl/ adjective 1. inviting through being lovable or physically attractive. adj. 1783, from kiss (v.) + -able. Related: Kissably; kissability.
/ˈkɪsəˌɡræm/ noun 1. a greetings service in which a person is employed to present greetings by kissing the person celebrating
- Kiss and make up
verb phrase To become reconciled; forget past animosity: Mandela and his rival Chief Buthelezi, whose followers have been slaughtering one another by the thousands, have kissed and made up (1940s+) Settle one’s differences, reconcile, as in The two friends decided to kiss and make up. This colloquial expression has largely replaced kiss and be friends, […]
modifier 1. denoting the practice of publicizing one’s former sexual relationship with a celebrity, esp in the tabloid press: a kiss-and-tell interview