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affray

[ uh-frey ]
/ əˈfreɪ /
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noun
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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for affray

affray
/ (əˈfreɪ) /

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