from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chance circumstance: "Marriage loomed only as an outgrowth of happenstance; you met a person” ( Bruce Weber).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chance or random event or circumstance.
- n. The chance or random quality of an event or circumstance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental
happen + (circum)stance.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of happening and circumstance. (Wiktionary)