ad·​ven·​ture | \ əd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce adventure (audio) \

Definition of adventure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks a book recounting his many bold adventures
b : the encountering of risks the spirit of adventure
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience an adventure in exotic dining They were looking for adventure.
3 : an enterprise involving financial risk wanted to pay off her debts before embarking on any new financial adventures


adventured; adventuring\ əd-​ˈven-​ch(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce adventuring (audio) \

Definition of adventure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to expose to danger or loss : venture … those who adventured their persons and lives risked all they had for a slender reward.— Joseph Conrad
2 : to venture upon (see venture entry 1 sense 2) : try … the task was always one of great difficulty and art—so much so, that it could seldom be adventured in rough or windy weather.— Edward Bulwer-Lytton

intransitive verb

1 : to proceed despite risk … people going away to adventure upon the sea …— Virginia Woolf
2 : to take the risk … I would adventure for such merchandise— William Shakespeare

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of adventure in a Sentence

Noun The field trip was an adventure for the students. He told us about his camping adventures. They were looking for adventure. Verb adventured all his savings in a very risky investment scheme if I had to adventure a guess, I'd say she's about 35
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a development straight out of an adventure (or horror) movie, archaeologists have unearthed 13 ancient Egyptian coffins that have been hidden from the world for the last 2,500 years—and completely sealed for just as long. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "These Egyptian Coffins Have Been Completely Sealed for 2,500 Years. Who's Inside?," 9 Sep. 2020 New experiences at the resort for 2021 will focus on adventure, cultural and culinary themes that honor the heritage of the Alaskan Panhandle. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Go Salmon Fishing, Bear Watching, and 'Flightseeing' by Float Plane at This Alaskan Resort," 9 Sep. 2020 The interstellar adventure focuses on a heroic young woman rooted in the Himba culture of West Africa. Susan Degrane,, "With electric vehicles, the road to the future still has bumps," 7 Sep. 2020 What ensues is a suspenseful and intricate on-the-road adventure, told from the alternating perspectives of Cole, Billie and Miles. Maureen Corrigan Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Afterland,' by Lauren Beukes," 6 Sep. 2020 Activities include 360 views of gallery space with clickable content; iSpy 360, an adventure through YAA while learning new vocabulary words; and in-depth art classes. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events beginning Sept. 9," 6 Sep. 2020 Hadley is still technically a puppy (a big one at that) and absolutely loves anything that has to do with adventure, playing chase, exploring on long walks and sniffing anything and everything. The Arizona Republic, "Jareth and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 4 Sep. 2020 News of the shutdown comes days after the gritty comic book adventure went back into production following months-long filming delays. NBC News, "'The Batman' halts filming just days after resuming due to crew member getting coronavirus," 3 Sep. 2020 Billie and Thea are a fresh and modern reimagining of the Bill and Ted template and the ones who get an excellent adventure this time, going back in time to assist their fathers and recruit a seriously epic band. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Bill & Ted are as excellent as ever in ‘Face the Music’," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those looking to adventure into Astoria will appreciate the convenient location to the downtown area shops and restaurants as well as the popular Riverwalk; plus, the hotel is just a short drive from the Astoria Sunday Market. oregonlive, "Oregon coast chefs join forces at Astoria’s Silver Salmon Grille: Gerry Frank’s picks," 4 July 2020 Valhalla follows Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which focused more on RPG adventuring across the world of ancient Greece and less on stealth. Nick Romano,, "First Assassin's Creed Valhalla trailer brings Viking action to game series," 30 Apr. 2020 December through February, average temps range from 23 to 60 degrees, making for pleasant weather for adventuring. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "From Snowy Yellowstone to Sunny Kauai, These Winter Camping Spots Are Breathtaking and Uncrowded," 17 Jan. 2020 Players would be out of Midgar in four or five hours, off to spend another 30 or 40 hours adventuring across the rest of the game’s world. Jason Schreier, New York Times, "After Years of Anticipation, Final Fantasy VII Fans Get Their Reboot," 9 Apr. 2020 Is this treasure hunt just the latest version of Christopher McCandless-style doomed adventuring? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Fifth Person Dies Searching for Rumored Treasure in the Rocky Mountains," 31 Mar. 2020 December through February, average temps range from 23 to 60 degrees, making for pleasant weather for adventuring. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "From Snowy Yellowstone to Sunny Kauai, These Winter Camping Spots Are Breathtaking and Uncrowded," 17 Jan. 2020 In this episode of Moves, fitness instructor Doug Lawder, of Railyard Fitness in Santa Fe, walks us through five exercises that will give you the strength to keep adventuring for life. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our Most Watched Videos of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 December through February, average temps range from 23 to 60 degrees, making for pleasant weather for adventuring. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "From Snowy Yellowstone to Sunny Kauai, These Winter Camping Spots Are Breathtaking and Uncrowded," 8 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adventure.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of adventure


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1570, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for adventure


Middle English aventure, adventure (with -d- restored from Latin) "fortune, chance, occurrence, risk, enterprise, wonder," borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Vulgar Latin *adventūra "what will happen," going back to Latin, feminine singular (originally neuter plural) of adventūrus, future participle of advenīre "to arrive at, reach, arise, develop" — more at advent


alteration (with -d- restored from Latin) of Middle English aventuren, auntren "to happen, expose to risk, take a chance," borrowed from Anglo-French aventurer, verb derivative of aventure "chance, occurrence, risk" — more at adventure entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about adventure

Time Traveler for adventure

Time Traveler

The first known use of adventure was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for adventure

Last Updated

14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adventure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for adventure


How to pronounce adventure (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of adventure

: an exciting or dangerous experience
: danger or excitement


ad·​ven·​ture | \ əd-ˈven-chər How to pronounce adventure (audio) \

Kids Definition of adventure

1 : an action that involves unknown dangers and risks Even the good plans of wise wizards … go astray sometimes when you are off on dangerous adventures— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
2 : an unusual experience The trip was quite an adventure.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on adventure

What made you want to look up adventure? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!