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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America's love affair with horsepower and trucks apparently includes illicit activity. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "These 20 vehicles are the most stolen new cars in the U.S.," 1 Aug. 2019 McClinton can’t wait to take his new songs on the road – a love affair that has lost none of its luster. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Interview: Delbert McClinton Returns With a Bounty of Blues on 'Tall, Dark & Handsome'," 25 July 2019 Later in the week Nathaniel Perez, a senior sportswriter with the newspaper Diario Libre, will explain the love affair to me. Danny Gold,, "The Broken Case of David Ortiz," 23 July 2019 My experience/love affair/complex relationship with kayaking has taken a new turn this season. Jim Gronaw,, "Gronaw: Kayaking made simple and fun," 13 July 2019 The Reports on Sarah and Saleem: Palestinian drama about the fallout from the love affair of two married people, a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman. Walter Addiego,, "Eisenberg takes up martial arts in comedy ‘The Art of Self-Defense’," 9 July 2019 Alabama’s ongoing love affair with CBD products has come to Mountain Brook. William Thornton |,, "Your CBD Store opens in Mountain Brook," 19 June 2019 While in Manchester High School, Dorothy began a life-long love affair with Daniel Doll which lasted for sixty years and produced a beautiful daughter Amy Hartman and three even more wonderful grandchildren Felicia, Kira, and Vanessa., "Dorothy E. Doll," 16 June 2019 But fortunately, unlike most love affairs, a building can be resurrected. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Beloved Buildings That Rose from the Ashes," 2 May 2019

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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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