perchance [per-chans, -chahns] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for perchance on adverb

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

Origin of perchance 1300–50; Middle English, variant of par chance by chance Anglo-French. See per, chance Related Words for perchance mayhap, perhaps, conceivable, credible, feasible, obtainable, conceivably, imaginably Examples from the Web for perchance Historical Examples of 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.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • It would be well, perchance, that you should give him greeting from me.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • 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

  • British Dictionary definitions for perchance perchance adverb archaic, or poetic

    1. perhaps; possibly
    2. by chance; accidentally

    Word Origin for perchance C14: from Anglo-French par chance; see per, chance Word Origin and History for 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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