JEOPARDY, a term meaning risk or danger of death, loss or other injury. The word, in Mid. Eng. juparti, jeupartie, etc., was adapted from 0. Fr. ju, later jeu, and parti, even game, in medieval Latin jocus parlilus. This term was originally used of a problem in chess or of a stage in any other game at which the chances of success or failure are evenly divided between the players. It was thus early transformed to any state of uncertainty.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)