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

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 dream of a giant plate of nachos. Gray Chapman, SELF, 27 Mar. 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of perchance was in the 14th century

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“Perchance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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