[ koh-in-si-duhns ]
See synonyms for: coincidencecoincidences on

  1. a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance: Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence.

  2. the condition or fact of coinciding.

  1. an instance of this.

Origin of coincidence

First recorded in 1595–1605; coincid(ent) + -ence

Other words for coincidence

Other words from coincidence

  • non·co·in·ci·dence, noun
  • pre·co·in·ci·dence, noun
  • su·per·co·in·ci·dence, noun

Words Nearby coincidence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coincidence in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for coincidence


/ (kəʊˈɪnsɪdəns) /

  1. a chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected

  2. the fact, condition, or state of coinciding

  1. (modifier) electronics of or relating to a circuit that produces an output pulse only when both its input terminals receive pulses within a specified interval: coincidence gate Compare anticoincidence

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