ORIGIN early 19th C. from Turkish, from Arabic qismah ‘division, portion, lot,’ from ḳasama ‘to divide.’You can think of kismet as your lot in life, or your fate. The word Kismet is of foreign origin and is used in Turkish, Urdu, Hindi and Arabic. In Hindi it would be pronounced more like kismat, and it means "fate" or "destiny". The meaning is exactly the same in English. So instead of saying, "it is fate", you could say "it is kismet".