Definition of affair
1a affairs plural : commercial, professional, public, or personal business <handles the company's public affairs> <an expert in foreign affairs>b : matter, concern <How I choose to live is my affair, not yours.>
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 or less commonly affaire a : a romantic or passionate attachment typically of limited duration : liaison 2b <had an affair with a coworker>b : a matter occasioning public anxiety, controversy, or scandal : case <the Watergate affair of the early 1970s>
Examples of affair in a sentence
After the war, the government focused on its own domestic affairs.
They accused the U.S. of interfering in the internal affairs of other nations.
How I choose to live is my affair, not yours.
adulterous affairs between married men and single women
Origin and Etymology of affair
Middle English afere, from Anglo-French afaire, from a faire to do
First Known Use: 14th century
AFFAIR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of affair for English Language Learners
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
AFFAIR Defined for Kids
Definition of affair for Students
1 affairs plural : work or activities done for a purpose : business <government affairs>
2 : something that relates to or involves someone <His problem is no affair of mine.>
3 : a social event or activity <The party was to be a simple affair.>
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