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affair

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noun af·fair \ə-ˈfer\

Simple Definition of affair

  • affairs : work or activities done for a purpose : commercial, professional, public, or personal business

  • : a matter that concerns or involves someone

  • : a secret sexual relationship between two people

Full Definition of affair

  1. 1 a plural :  commercial, professional, public, or personal business b :  matter, concern

  2. 2 :  a procedure, action, or occasion only vaguely specified; also :  an object or collection of objects only vaguely specified <their house was a 2-story affair>

  3. 3 also af·faire a :  a romantic or passionate attachment typically of limited duration :  liaison 2b b :  a matter occasioning public anxiety, controversy, or scandal :  case

Examples of affair

  1. After the war, the government focused on its own domestic affairs.

  2. They accused the U.S. of interfering in the internal affairs of other nations.

  3. How I choose to live is my affair, not yours.

  4. adulterous affairs between married men and single women



Origin of affair

Middle English afere, from Anglo-French afaire, from a faire to do


First Known Use: 14th century



AFFAIR Defined for Kids

affair

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noun af·fair \ə-ˈfer\

Definition of affair

  1. 1 affairs plural :  work or activities done for a purpose :  business <government affairs>

  2. 2 :  something that relates to or involves someone <His problem is no affair of mine.>

  3. 3 :  a social event or activity <The party was to be a simple affair.>





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