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Definitions for affair

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word affair.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. matter, affair, thingnoun

    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, amournoun

    a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship

  3. affair, occasion, social occasion, function, social functionnoun

    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"


  1. affairnoun

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

  2. affairnoun

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

  3. affairnoun

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

  4. affairnoun

    A material object (vaguely designated).

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

  5. affairnoun

    An adulterous relationship. (from affaire de cur.)

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Affairnoun

    Business; something to be managed or transacted. It is used for both private and publick matters.

    Etymology: affaire, Fr.

    I was not born for courts or great affairs;
    I pay my debts, believe, and say my prayers. Alexander Pope.

    A good acquaintance with method will greatly assist every one in ranging, disposing, and managing all human affairs. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    What St. John’s skill in state affairs,
    What Ormond’s valour, Oxford’s cares,
    To aid their sinking country lent,
    Was all destroy’d by one event. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Affair

    An affair is a sexual relationship, romantic friendship, or passionate attachment in which at least one of its participants has a formal or informal commitment to a third person who may neither agree to such relationship nor even be aware of it.


  1. affair

    An affair can refer to multiple definitions depending on the context. However, in a general sense, it typically refers to a romantic or sexual relationship outside of a committed partnership or marriage. It often involves a significant breach of trust and can cause considerable emotional distress and turmoil for those involved.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Affairnoun

    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. Affairnoun

    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. Affairnoun

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

  4. Affairnoun

    action; endeavor

  5. Affairnoun

    a material object (vaguely designated)

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


  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

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  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. Farris Wilks:

    America has always been a land of opportunity. Its the one place on earth where you can go from building brick walls in the Texas heat to the kind of success my brother and I have achieved, ted Cruz believes in the opportunity society, he believes in the dignity of hard work, and hes not afraid to fight for what he believes in. The Wilkses are not the only billionaires backing Cruz. Reclusive hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer gave $11 million; Texas energy investor Toby Neugebauer gave $10 million. Mercer has declined to comment on why he is supporting Cruz, while Neugebauer backs Cruz for his track record promoting conservative causes and opposing the federal debt. Despite the large donations, Cruz is not among the leaders of the Republican race. A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sept. 8 showed him in fourth place among Republican voters at 5.5 percent, tied with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. . PRAYING FOR CRUZ. The day after President Barack Obama won a second term, I was pretty bummed out, Farris Wilks told congregants in a sermon on Nov. 7, 2012, a recording of which was provided by Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow with the equal rights group People for the American Way. I do believe that our country died that Tuesday night, Wilks said. Less than a year later, Farris found himself in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, where Cruz stood with head bowed in a prayer circle, surrounded by evangelical Christians. Cruz was among the political headliners at a Pastors and Pews conference, an annual, closed-door affair that now occurs in roughly 14 states and is organized by Christian nationalist David Lane. The born-again Lane, a self-described former wild man of drugs, wine, women and song, believes the Bible should be the primary textbook in public schools and that judges who favor same-sex marriage should be impeached. He says people who embrace homosexual marriage, along with pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media, are creating Americas downfall with their multiracial false gods. One of Lanes major aims is to motivate at least 1,000 pastors to run for office in 2016. Polling shows there are 65 million to 80 million evangelical Christians but only a quarter of them vote. Getting 5 percent more registered and voting would, according to Lane, put a conservative in the White House. Asked about the Wilks brothers' financial support for Cruz, Lane said in an interview:.

  2. Reg Baker:

    It sounds like another out-of-control family affair, it is totally out of sync with charitable organizations' best practices.

  3. Todd Fisher:

    They had an impetuous affair and I was aware of it — not in any huge detail because it was n’t that big of a thing, it was n’t like it was such an ongoing thing. But Carrie Fisher had sworn me to secrecy on it, and no one had ever said anything to my mother.

  4. House Speaker Richardson:

    When a letter to me did n’t produce the desired response, he contacted my parents. When letters did n’t satisfy him, he made his accusations public on Twitter. And finally, when targeting our family on social media did n’t fulfill his agenda, he secretly recorded his wife admitting to the affair and began shopping the audio tape to news outlets.

  5. Theodore Roosevelt:

    when I say I believe in a square deal I do not mean ... to give every man the best hand. if the cards do not come to any man, or if they do come, and he has not got the power to play them, that is his affair. all I mean is that there shall be no crookedness in the dealing.

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Translations for affair

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  • علاقة غراميةArabic
  • въпрос, схватка, връзка, дело, работаBulgarian
  • poměr, záležitostCzech
  • Ding, Scharmützel, Affäre, Angelegenheit, BeziehungGerman
  • ερωτοδουλειά, συμπλοκή, ζήτημα, πατέντα, υπόθεση, ερωτική σχέση, θέμαGreek
  • aĵo, aferoEsperanto
  • amorío, asunto, aventura, negocioSpanish
  • esine, selkkaus, asia, syrjähyppyFinnish
  • liaison, aventureFrench
  • רומן, פרשהHebrew
  • affareItalian
  • 恋愛関係, 不倫, 事件, 情事Japanese
  • ಸಂಬಂಧKannada
  • 불륜Korean
  • sakNorwegian
  • romansPolish
  • caso, negócio, afazer, coisaPortuguese
  • afacereRomanian
  • афера, схватка, связь, боестолкновение, интрига, романRussian
  • aferaSerbo-Croatian
  • விவகாரம்Tamil
  • udaba, indabaZulu

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    A greedy
    B alternate
    C victimised
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