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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Both Real Madrid - who won the group - and Milan have had long love affairs with the European Cup, the pair having collected 20 of them between them over the years., "Champions League: Ranking the 8 Scariest Groups of Death in the Competition's History," 29 Aug. 2019 Based on Eileen Atkin’s play, Vita and Virginia tells the true love affair of the literary minds of Vita Sackville West and Virginia Woolf in 1920s London. Lily Rosenberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "In Theaters This Week: Reviews of 'Angel Has Fallen,' 'Brittany Runs a Marathon,' 'Ready or Not' and More," 23 Aug. 2019 Her dear Kenna passed away 22 days before her, temporarily pausing a 28 year love affair that will surely be continued in heaven., "Deaths in South Florida: 8/11," 11 Aug. 2019 In postwar Germany, a teenager has a love affair with an older woman who is hiding a terrible secret. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 An explosive avian love affair has shaken a New York City park. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Messy Hawk Love Affair Plunges NYC Park Into Absolute ‘Chaos’," 3 Mar. 2018 Turns out that our love affair with chocolate predates the Mokaya. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Delicious, Ancient History of Chocolate and Vanilla," 11 July 2019 My decision to end my love affair with face oils didn’t stop them from reaching my desk, though. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Your Face Oil May Be Causing Breakouts And Here's Why," 12 June 2019 In this slim French novel, an unnamed author is prompted to revisit his first love affair with a man. Elena Nicolaou,, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 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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