love affair


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

Example Sentences

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of love affair was in 1767

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Cite this Entry

“Love affair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

love affair

: a romantic relationship or incident between lovers
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