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affray

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noun af·fray \ ə-ˈfrā \

Definition of affray

1 archaic :fray, brawl
2 chiefly British :a fight in a public place that disturbs the peace

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Origin and Etymology of affray

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from affraier


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affray

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Definition of affray

transitive verb
archaic

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


AFFRAY Defined for English Language Learners

affray

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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

: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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