Jeopardy!, a popular US television game show in which contestants answer clues by responding in the form of a question, hosted originally by Art Fleming and most notably by Alex Trebek.
Other Word Forms of Jeopardy
Origin of Jeopardy
Middle English juperti from Old French jeu parti even game, uncertainty jeu game (from Latin iocus joke, game yek- in Indo-European roots) parti past participle of partir to divide (from Latin partīre) (from pars part- part part)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English jepardie, from Old French jeu parti (“a divided game, i.e. an even game, an even chance”), from Medieval Latin iocus partītus (“an even chance, an alternative”), from Latin iocus (“jest, play, game”) + partītus, perfect passive participle of partiō (“divide”); see joke and party.
Coined when Ed Vane, a skeptical producer, rejected an earlier concept of the show, claiming “it doesn’t have enough jeopardies”, according to creator Merv Griffin.
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