An example of a hazard is a broken railing along the edge of a cliff, or a wet slippery floor that you could fall on.
This room is a fire hazard.
To hazard a try.
The video game involves guiding a character on a skateboard past all kinds of hazards.
Origin of hazard
- Middle English hasard a kind of dice game from Old French from Old Spanish azar unlucky throw of the dice, chance possibly from Arabic az-zahr the die al- the zahr die (possibly from zahr flowers (the losing sides of some medieval dice perhaps being decorated with images of flowers) ) (from zahara to shine, be radiant zhr in Semitic roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition