1. That which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap; hence, chance of danger or loss. "Nay, a far less good to man it will be found, if she must, at all adventures, be fastened upon him individually." (Milton)

2. Risk; danger; peril. "He was in great adventure of his life." (Berners)

3. The encountering of risks; hazardous and striking enterprise; a bold undertaking, in which hazards are to be encountered, and the issue is staked upon unforeseen events; a daring feat. "He loved excitement and adventure." (Macaulay)

4. A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, the adventures of one's life.

5. A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account. A bill of adventure, a writing setting forth that the goods shipped are at the owner's risk.

Synonyms: Undertaking, enterprise, venture, event.

Origin: OE. Aventure, aunter, anter, F. Aventure, fr. LL. Adventura, fr. L. Advenire, adventum, to arrive, which in the Romance languages took the sense of "to happen, befall." See Advene.

(01 Mar 1998)