Words at Play : Favorite Words From Foreign Languages

#10: Hazard  

Language of Origin:

Arabic

About the Word:

Hazard dates to the time of the Crusaders and involves a game of chance.

According to the most likely theory, the original hazard ("al-zahr," in Arabic) was a die. Players would roll the dice and bet on the outcome.

English got the word from French. In English, hazard eventually came to name any chance, risk, or source of danger.

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