What does affair mean?

Definitions for affair
əˈfɛəraf·fair

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word affair.

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"

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)

  6. Origin: [OE. afere, affere, OF. afaire, F. affaire, fr. a faire to do; L.. ad + facere to do. See Fact, and cf. Ado.]

Freebase

  1. Affair

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Affair

    af-fār′, n. that which is to be done: business: any small matter: a battle of minor importance: a matter of intimate personal concern, as a duel—a so-called affair of honour, or an intrigue: (pl.) transactions in general: public concerns. [O. Fr. afaire (Fr. affaire)—à and faire—L. ad, and facĕre, to do. Cf. Ado.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. affair

    An indecisive engagement; a duel.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. affair

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

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

How to pronounce affair?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say affair in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affair in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of affair in a Sentence

  1. Beth Souza:

    This project has been a family affair.

  2. Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche:

    But with the VW affair, there is nothing else to do.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    To be a poet is a love affair, not a desire to dare.

  4. Thomas Mann:

    A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.

  5. Julian Fellowes:

    [Society] could turn a blind eye to a widow having an affair.

Images & Illustrations of affair

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Translations for affair

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • علاقة غراميةArabic
  • връзка, работа, дело, схватка, въпросBulgarian
  • záležitost, poměrCzech
  • Ding, Beziehung, Angelegenheit, Affäre, ScharmützelGerman
  • θέμα, υπόθεση, συμπλοκή, ζήτημα, πατέντα, ερωτοδουλειά, ερωτική σχέσηGreek
  • aĵo, aferoEsperanto
  • asunto, amorío, aventura, negocioSpanish
  • esine, syrjähyppy, asia, selkkausFinnish
  • liaison, aventureFrench
  • פרשה, רומןHebrew
  • affareItalian
  • 情事, 恋愛関係, 事件, 不倫Japanese
  • ಸಂಬಂಧKannada
  • 불륜Korean
  • sakNorwegian
  • romansPolish
  • negócio, caso, afazer, coisaPortuguese
  • afacereRomanian
  • интрига, роман, афера, боестолкновение, связь, схваткаRussian
  • aferaSerbo-Croatian
  • விவகாரம்Tamil
  • indaba, udabaZulu

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