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affray

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noun af·fray \ə-ˈfrā\

Definition of affray

  1. 1 archaic :  fray, brawl

  2. 2 chiefly British :  a fight in a public place that disturbs the peace

Origin and Etymology of affray

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from affraier


First Known Use: 14th century


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affray

verb af·fray

Definition of affray

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  startle, frighten

Origin and Etymology of affray

Middle English affraien to attack, brawl, disturb, frighten, from Anglo-French affraier, effreer, from Vulgar Latin *exfridare, from Latin ex- + Vulgar Latin *-fridare (of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fridu peace, Old English frēo free) — more at free


First Known Use: 14th century


AFFRAY Defined for English Language Learners

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affray

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noun af·fray \ə-ˈfrā\

Definition of affray for English Language Learners

  • law : a noisy fight between two or more people in a public place


Law Dictionary

affray

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noun af·fray \ə-ˈfrā\

Legal Definition of affray

  1. :  a fight between two or more people in a public place that disturbs the peace

Origin and Etymology of affray

Middle French affrai, effrai fright, disturbance, from affraier, effreer to terrify


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