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From Middle English daunger (power, dominion, peril), from Anglo-Norman dangier, from Old French dangier, alteration of Old French dongier (due to association with Latin damnum (damage)) from Vulgar Latin *dominārium (authority, power) from Latin dominus (lord, master).

Displaced native Old English frēcennes.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key)/ˈdeɪn.dʒə(ɹ)/
  • (General American) IPA(key)/ˈdeɪndʒɚ/


danger (countable and uncountableplural dangers)

  1. Exposure to likely harm; peril.
    There’s plenty of danger in the desert.
  2. An instance or cause of likely harm.
  3. (obsolete) Mischief.
  4. (mainly outside the US, rail transport) The stop indication of a signal (usually in the phrase “at danger”).
    The north signal was in danger because of the rockslide.
  5. (obsolete) Ability to harm; someone’s dominion or power to harm or penalize.
  6. (obsolete) Liability.
  7. (obsolete) Difficulty; sparingness.
  8. (obsolete) Coyness; disdainful behavior.


danger (third-person singular simple present dangerspresent participle dangeringsimple past and past participle dangered)

  1. (obsolete) To claim liability.
  2. (obsolete) To imperil; to endanger.
  3. (obsolete) To run the risk.
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