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[uh-fair] /əˈfɛər/
anything done or to be done; anything requiring action or effort; business; concern:
an affair of great importance.
affairs, matters of commercial or public interest or concern; the transactions of public or private business or finance:
affairs of state; Before taking such a long trip you should put all your affairs in order.
an event or a performance; a particular action, operation, or proceeding:
When did this affair happen?
thing; matter (applied to anything made or existing, usually with a descriptive or qualifying term):
Our new computer is an amazing affair.
a private or personal concern; a special function, business, or duty:
That's none of your affair.
an intense amorous relationship, usually of short duration.
an event or happening that occasions or arouses notoriety, dispute, and often public scandal; incident:
the Congressional bribery affair.
a party, social gathering, or other organized festive occasion:
The awards ceremony is the biggest affair on the school calendar.
1250-1300; earlier affaire < French, Old French afaire for a faire to do, equivalent to a (< Latin ad to) + faireLatin facere; replacing Middle English afere < Old French Unabridged
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Examples for affair
  • No solemn, somber affair for these kids, a pilgrimage is a big party.
  • One business that has totally boomed through these tough economic times is the affair business.
  • Immediately thereupon, student falls enthusiastically into a torrid affair with professor.
  • His return to the headlines gives the affair a retro feel.
  • Her house survived, a one-story yellow brick affair with red shutters.
  • For you see, my father had carried on a lifelong affair with the sea.
  • It's a blowout affair that includes an unlimited number of roasted ears for every participant.
  • The evolution of life has not been an orderly affair.
  • The wake of the affair will be a long one and no doubt in time its effects will lessen.
  • Temperatures in summer can soar, and soupy humidity can make long walks a wilting and steamy affair.
British Dictionary definitions for affair


a thing to be done or attended to; matter; business this affair must be cleared up
an event or happening a strange affair
(qualified by an adjective or descriptive phrase) something previously specified, esp a man-made object; thing our house is a tumbledown affair
a sexual relationship between two people who are not married to each other
See also affairs
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from à faire to do
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Word Origin and History for affair
c.1300, "what one has to do," from Anglo-Norm. afere, from O.Fr. afaire, from the infinitive phrase à faire "to do" (from L. ad "to" + facere "to do, make;" see factitious). A Northern word originally, brought into general use and given a Fr. spelling by Caxton (15c.). General sense of "vague proceedings" (in romance, war, etc.) first attested 1702. Affairs "ordinary business" first attested 1484.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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