Definition of happenstance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhæpənstæns//
, also BrE//ˈhæpənstɑːns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæpənstæns//
[uncountable, countable](literary)
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chance, especially when it results in something good I found this delightful hotel by happenstance. Word Origin late 19th cent.: blend of happen and circumstance.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: happenstance