adverb• archaic or • literary
- By some chance; perhaps: we dare not go ashore lest perchance we should fall into some snareMore example sentences
by chance, by any chance, by some chance, as it may be, as it may happen, as things may turn outmaybe, perhaps, possibly, for all one knows, it could be (that), it is possible (that), conceivably; Northern English happen• rare percase
- I must put away this lovely diary posthaste, lest someone perchance read it and learn of my secret identity!
- Anyway, I wish you a great life Scarlet and perchance we shall meet again.
- Or maybe, perchance, every human born unto this world is in possession of a soul.
Middle English: from Old French par cheance 'by chance'.