[ uh-frey ]
/ əˈfreɪ /


a public fight; a noisy quarrel; brawl.
Law. the fighting of two or more persons in a public place.

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to frighten.

Origin of affray

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French afray (noun), afrayer (v.), Old French esfrei (noun), esfreer (v.) < Vulgar Latin *exfridāre to break the peace, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -frid- peace (< Germanic; compare German Friede) + -āre infinitive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for affray

/ (əˈfreɪ) /


law a fight, noisy quarrel, or disturbance between two or more persons in a public place


(tr) archaic to frighten

Word Origin for affray

C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin exfridāre (unattested) to break the peace; compare German Friede peace
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