An example of an affray is a loud argument between a couple in a restaurant.
The affray in the busy marketplace caused great terror and disorder.
Origin of affray
- Middle English from Old French effrei, esfrei from esfraier, esfreer to disturb prī- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English afraien (“to terrify, frighten”), from Anglo-Norman afrayer (“to terrify, disquiet, disturb”), from Old French effreer, esfreer (“to disturb, remove the peace from”), from es- (“ex-”) + freer (“to secure, secure the peace”), from Frankish *friþu (“security, peace”), from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (“peace”), from Proto-Germanic *frijōną (“to free; to love”), from Proto-Indo-European *prāy-, *prēy- (“to like, love”). Cognate with Old High German fridu (“peace”), Old English friþ (“peace, frith”), Old English frēod (“peace, friendship”), German Friede (“peace”). Compare also afear. More at free, friend.