[ uh-fair ]
/ əˈfɛər /


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 affairs

British Dictionary definitions for affairs (1 of 2)

/ (əˈfɛəz) /

pl n

personal or business interestshis affairs were in disorder
matters of public interestcurrent affairs

British Dictionary definitions for affairs (2 of 2)

/ (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
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