June 07, 2013
hazard (noun)
\HAZ-erd\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : chance, accident2 : a source of danger3 : an obstacle on a golf course
How do you use it?
The old docks at the lake were in such disrepair that they had become a hazard and had to be replaced.
Are you a word wiz?

"Hazard" has another meaning -- its original meaning -- that we haven't told you yet. Which of the following do you think is the first meaning of "hazard"?

If you took a chance on B, way to go! Hazard was at first a game of chance played with dice. The English word comes from an early form of French, in which the game was called "hasard." This French word was probably borrowed through Spanish from Arabic "az-zahr," meaning "the dice" or "one of the dice." The English learned the game from the French, and within a few centuries the word for a chance taken on the outcome of a throw of the dice could refer to any venture or risk. Now "chance" or "venture" and "risk" or "peril" are the usual meanings of "hazard."
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