A male given name, an American pet form of Chauncey, in modern usage also associated with the word chance.
- Without plan; accidentally:
They met by chance on a plane.
- Possibly; perchance:
Is he, by chance, her brother?
- In the slight hope or possibility.
- as it may happen; perchance
- to find or meet by chance
- the likelihood is
chances are she will visit today
Other Word Forms of Chance
Origin of Chance
Middle English unexpected event from Old French from Vulgar Latin cadentia from Latin cadēns cadent- present participle of cadere to fall, befall kad- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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