affair

[ uh-fair ]
/ əˈfɛər /

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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.

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noun


Nearby words

  1. afetal,
  2. aff,
  3. aff.,
  4. affability,
  5. affable,
  6. affaire,
  7. affaire d'amour,
  8. affaire d'honneur,
  9. affaire de coeur,
  10. affairs

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

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British Dictionary definitions for affair

affair

/ (əˈfɛə) /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for affair

affair

n.
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