affray

[ uh-frey ]
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noun
  1. a public fight; a noisy quarrel; brawl.

  2. Law. the fighting of two or more persons in a public place.

verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to frighten.

Origin of affray

1
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

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affray

/ (əˈfreɪ) /


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

verb
  1. (tr) archaic to frighten

Origin of affray

1
C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin exfridāre (unattested) to break the peace; compare German Friede peace

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