- Literary. perhaps; maybe; possibly.
- Archaic. by chance.
Origin of perchance
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Examples from the Web for perchance
Here, perchance, may be found a clue in symbol to the family strife.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"It would, perchance, be best that the novices be not admitted," suggested the master.
It would be well, perchance, that you should give him greeting from me.
Bewitched, perchance, by that bad woman, which is no excuse for him.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
If perchance he were to meet the girl again as she was leaving Number 9,—what then?The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- perhaps; possibly
- by chance; accidentally
C14: from Anglo-French par chance; see per, chance
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Word Origin and History for perchance
mid-14c., parchaunce, from Old French par cheance, literally "by chance." With Latin per substituted c.1400 for French cognate par.
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