Affair definition

ə-fâr
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The definition of an affair is a situation in which a spouse or person involved in an exclusive relationship is having a relationship with a third party.

An example of an affair is when a wife cheats on her husband.

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A sexual relationship between two people, especially when at least one of them is married or in another committed romantic relationship.
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A thing to be done; business.
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An amorous relationship between two people not married to each other, esp. when at least one person is married to or involved with someone else.
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An object or a contrivance.

Their first car was a ramshackle affair.

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An event that becomes a matter of public controversy.
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An adulterous relationship. (from affaire de cœur.)
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The definition of an affair is something of controversy for the public.

An example of an affair is poor spending habits of high level officials.

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A matter causing public scandal and controversy.

The Dreyfus affair.

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Transactions and other matters of professional or public business.

Affairs of state.

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Something done or experienced; a matter or event.

Preparing dessert was a messy affair.

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A matter of personal concern.

What I did is my own affair.

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A social function.

The reception was a posh affair.

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Matters of business or concern.
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Any matter, occurrence, or thing.
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A social function or gathering.
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That which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; — often in the plural.

A difficult affair to manage.

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Any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely.

An affair of honor, i. e., a duel.

An affair of love, i. e., an intrigue.

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(military) An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.
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A material object (vaguely designated).

He used a hook-shaped affair with a long handle to unlock the car.

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An affair is defined as an event or something that is happening.

An example of an affair is a charity dinner.

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Personal business.

Get one's affairs in order.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
affair
Plural:
affairs

Origin of affair

  • Middle English affaire from Old French afaire from a faire to do a to (from Latin ad ad–) faire to do (from Latin facere dhē- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English afere, affere, from Old French afaire, from a- + faire (“to do”); Latin ad- + facere to do. See fact, and confer ado.

    From Wiktionary