love affair

noun

Definition of love affair

1 : a romantic attachment or episode between lovers
2 : a lively enthusiasm America's love affair with baseball

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for love affair

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of love affair in a Sentence

the tabloids feel obliged to keep us informed of the love affairs of celebrities, whether we care to know or not a group of young men united by their love affair with the muscle car
Recent Examples on the Web Binoche plays an artist in her 40s, Isabelle, who moves from one unsatisfying love affair to another. Susan Dominus Photographs By Joshua Kissi Styled By Ian Bradley Sasha Weiss Photographs By Collier Schorr Styled By Jay Massacret Megan O’grady Portrait By Mickalene Thomas And Racquel Chevremont Ligaya Mishan Photographs By Tina Barney, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 The Broccolis have a love affair with Italy, and it’s in most of their films. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 9 Oct. 2021 After the breakdown of one lukewarm love affair Neve spends most of her time alone or with her landlord’s cat. Suzanne O’sullivan, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Michael Kors’s love affair with New York City runs deep. Maciek Kobielski, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Aug. 2021 While the Welsh landscape and the holy chalice elicit some of Machen’s most ecstatic prose, so does Ambrose’s youthful love affair with the servant girl Nelly. Michael Dirda, The New York Review of Books, 28 May 2020 Clearly, Olivia Rodrigo’s love affair for the ’90s is one of both substance and style. Liam Hes, Vogue, 2 July 2021 Yachty’s love affair with Michigan rap culminates with Michigan Boy Boat, a 14-track mixtape that features a dozen-odd Michigan rappers, including Sada Baby, Tee Grizzley, Rio Da Yung OG, and YN Jay. Danny Schwartz, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2021 Wall Street’s love affair with blank-check investments — these days achieved via special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs — won’t end well, columnist Michael Hiltzik writes. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'love affair.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of love affair

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About love affair

Time Traveler for love affair

Time Traveler

The first known use of love affair was in 1767

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near love affair

love's test

love affair

love apple

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for love affair

Last Updated

17 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Love affair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/love%20affair. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for love affair

love affair

noun

English Language Learners Definition of love affair

: a romantic or sexual relationship especially between two people who are not married to each other
: a feeling of great interest in and enthusiasm for something

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!