Definitions for AFFAIRəˈfɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

af•fairəˈfɛər(n.)

  1. anything requiring action or effort; business; concern.

  2. affairs, matters of commercial or public interest or concern:

    affairs of state.

  3. thing; matter (usu. used with a descriptive or qualifying term):

    Our new computer is a complex affair.

  4. a private or personal concern:

    That's none of your affair.

  5. a usu. brief amorous relationship.

  6. an incident that occasions notoriety, dispute, and often public scandal:

    the Congressional bribery affair.

  7. a social gathering or other organized festive occasion.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of affair:

1250–1300; ME afere < OF afaire, for a faire to do =a (< L ad to) +faire蠐 L facere

Princeton's WordNet

  1. matter, affair, thing(noun)

    a vaguely specified concern

    "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"

  2. affair, affaire, intimacy, liaison, involvement, amour(noun)

    a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship

  3. affair, occasion, social occasion, function, social function(noun)

    a vaguely specified social event

    "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. affairəˈfɛər

    a love relationship with sb who is not your partner

    She found out her husband was having an affair.

  2. affairəˈfɛər

    an unpleasant set of events

    embarrassed by the whole affair

Wiktionary

  1. affair(Noun)

    That which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; often in the plural.

  2. affair(Noun)

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

  3. affair(Noun)

    An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.

  4. affair(Noun)

    A material object (vaguely designated).

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

  5. affair(Noun)

    An adulterous relationship. (from affaire de cu0153ur.)

  6. Origin: From afere, affere, from afaire, from a- + faire; Latin ad- + facere to do. See fact, and confer ado.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affair(noun)

    that which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; as, a difficult affair to manage; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; -- often in the plural. "At the head of affairs." Junius

  2. Affair(noun)

    any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely; as, an affair of honor, i. e., a duel; an affair of love, i. e., an intrigue

  3. Affair(noun)

    an action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle

  4. Affair(noun)

    action; endeavor

  5. Affair(noun)

    a material object (vaguely designated)

Freebase

  1. Affair

    An affair is a sexual relationship or a romantic friendship or passionate attachment between two people.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'AFFAIR' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3006

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'AFFAIR' in Nouns Frequency: #414


Translations for AFFAIR

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

affair(noun)

happenings etc which are connected with a particular person or thing

the Suez affair.

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