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/ əˈfɛər /

WATCH NOW: What Is The Origin Of The Word "Affair"?

WATCH NOW: What Is The Origin Of The Word "Affair"?

When most people hear the word affair, they automatically clutch their pearls and assume it’s referring to some sexy form of infidelity. But, the origins of affair aren’t sexy at all.



Origin of affair

1250–1300; earlier affaire < French, Old French afaire for a faire to do, equivalent to a (< Latin ad to) + faireLatin facere; replacing Middle English afere < Old French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for affair

British Dictionary definitions for affair

/ (əˈfɛə) /


a thing to be done or attended to; matter; businessthis affair must be cleared up
an event or happeninga strange affair
(qualified by an adjective or descriptive phrase) something previously specified, esp a man-made object; thingour house is a tumbledown affair
a sexual relationship between two people who are not married to each other
See also affairs

Word Origin for affair

C13: from Old French, from à faire to do
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012