Idioms for chance

Origin of chance

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French chance, cheance < Vulgar Latin *cadentia a befalling, happening; see cadenza

OTHER WORDS FROM chance

chance·less, adjectiveun·chanced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for by chance

chance
/ (tʃɑːns) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of chance

chanceful, adjectivechanceless, adjective

Word Origin for chance

C13: from Old French cheance, from cheoir to fall, occur, from Latin cadere
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Idioms and Phrases with by chance (1 of 2)

by chance

Casually, accidentally, as in I ran into Bill purely by chance. [c. 1300] Also see by coincidence.

Idioms and Phrases with by chance (2 of 2)

chance

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