per·​chance | \ pər-ˈchan(t)s How to pronounce perchance (audio) \

Definition of perchance

Examples of perchance in a Sentence

“To sleep: perchance to dream…” — Shakespeare, Hamlet perchance he is playing the devil's advocate, and the opinions he has expressed are not actually his own
Recent Examples on the Web Because any driver worth their salt would figure this out and likely after perchance one time falling into this bit of a roadway trap, would avoid going that way entirely. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 Ah, to sleep, perchance … to shrink your neural connections? Christopher Wanjek, Scientific American, 3 Feb. 2017 To sleep, perchance to heal A report in the journal Nature Communications adds to the list of sleep’s benefits. Magnus Wennman, National Geographic, 17 June 2019 To sleep, perchance to dream of a giant plate of nachos. Gray Chapman, SELF, 27 Mar. 2019 Its members liked to call themselves kleagles, goblins and other names of darkling potency, to meet in solemn 'konklaves,' burn a fiery cross upon a distant hill and, perchance, frighten a Negro child outnumbered 100 to 1. The Washington Post,, 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of perchance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perchance

Middle English parchaunce, from Anglo-French par chance, by chance

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English Language Learners Definition of perchance

: maybe but not definitely : perhaps


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