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love affair

a romantic relationship or episode between lovers; an amour.
an active enthusiasm for something:
my love affair with sailing.
Origin of love affair
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Most strange that he had not thought of his love affair in that way before!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Some day, perhaps, the mood will seize me to write of my own love affair.

    Priestess of the Flame Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • Then that honest Pierre wanted to relate his love affair with a young lady of Lyons.

    The Flood Emile Zola
  • Now, how could this love affair have come to perfection so rapidly?

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Hardly anything is known of this love affair of Beethoven's.

British Dictionary definitions for love affair

love affair

a romantic or sexual relationship, esp a temporary one, between two people
a great enthusiasm or liking for something: a love affair with ballet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for love affair

love affair

noun phrase

An attraction or affinity that is strong but not sexual: The fishing industry is well aware of the love affair anglers have with records (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with love affair

love affair

An intimate sexual relationship, as in They had a torrid love affair many years ago. This expression dates from about 1600, when it referred merely to the experiences connected with being in love. The current sense dates from the second half of the 1800s.
A strong enthusiasm, as in We can't ignore America's love affair with the automobile. [ Mid-1900s ]
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