affair

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noun af·fair \ə-ˈfer\

Definition of affair

  1. 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. 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 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

  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 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

affair

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noun af·fair \ə-ˈfer\

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

affair

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noun af·fair \ə-ˈfer\

Definition of affair for Students

  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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