[ koh-in-si-duhns ]
/ koʊˈɪn sɪ dəns /


a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance: Our meeting in Venice was pure coincidence.
the condition or fact of coinciding.
an instance of this.

Origin of coincidence

First recorded in 1595–1605; coincid(ent) + -ence
Related formsnon·co·in·ci·dence, nounpre·co·in·ci·dence, nounsu·per·co·in·ci·dence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coincidence


/ (kəʊˈɪnsɪdəns) /


a chance occurrence of events remarkable either for being simultaneous or for apparently being connected
the fact, condition, or state of coinciding
(modifier) electronics of or relating to a circuit that produces an output pulse only when both its input terminals receive pulses within a specified intervalcoincidence gate Compare anticoincidence
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Word Origin and History for coincidence



c.1600, "exact correspondence," from French coincidence, from coincider (see coincide). Meaning "a concurrence of events with no apparent connection" is from 1680s.

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