perchance

[ per-chans, -chahns ]
/ pərˈtʃæns, -ˈtʃɑns /

adverb

Literary. perhaps; maybe; possibly.
Archaic. by chance.

Nearby words

  1. perceptual defence,
  2. perceptual mapping,
  3. perceval,
  4. perceval, spencer,
  5. perch,
  6. perche,
  7. percher,
  8. percheron,
  9. perchery,
  10. perching bird

Origin of perchance

1300–50; Middle English, variant of par chance by chance < Anglo-French. See per, chance

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British Dictionary definitions for perchance

perchance

/ (pəˈtʃɑːns) /

adverb archaic, or poetic

perhaps; possibly
by chance; accidentally

Word Origin for perchance

C14: from Anglo-French par chance; see per, chance

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Word Origin and History for perchance

perchance

adv.

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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