love affair


Definition of love affair

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

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Synonyms for love affair


affair (also affaire), amour, fling, love, romance

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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

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Once these trees were planted, the national love affair with cherry blossoms officially began. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 Funny Face is a 1957 romantic comedy that’s nominally about a May-December romance but is really about a love affair with fashion (specifically between Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy). Vogue, "Bella Hadid Stars on Vogue’s Exclusive Digital Cover," 25 Mar. 2019 Fine writing, closely detailed social observations, the presentation of complex moral dilemmas or heartbreaking love affairs—any graduate of a college writing program can manage these. Michael Dirda, WSJ, "A Trove of Vivid Villains," 3 May 2019 The Dion and Gaga love affair also shows that two A-list divas can get along after all. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Update: Céline Dion Is Still Obsessed With Lady Gaga," 18 Apr. 2019 Don’t let any love affairs feel the least bit pressured. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes September 2018," 1 Sep. 2018 The possibility of a secret love affair, or exploring your hidden desires, is on the table. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May's Gemini Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 At its hub is a biracial love affair between a black man named Link Williams and the wealthy white heiress Camilla Sheffield. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Black and White, in Wind and Fog," 22 Feb. 2019 One of the sports world’s longest-running love affairs has been that between NBA players and their Beats headphones. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Beats becomes NBA’s official headphones supplier," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of love affair

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

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