love affair

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  1. a romantic relationship or episode between lovers; an amour.

  2. an active enthusiasm for something: my love affair with sailing.

Origin of love affair

First recorded in 1585–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use love affair in a sentence

  • He was a boy of eighteen, aching over his first love affair; and she was divinely mothering him.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • If she had had "some smashing love affair," as the more romantic Flora suggested, so much the better.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • In his simple creed if a girl accepted a man and let him kiss her and wore his ring it was a reciprocal love affair.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The primary cause of Tom's abstraction was an open-air preacher, and the secondary cause was, of course, a love affair.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • And now I have to give an account of another love-affair which deserves likewise the epithet "serious."

British Dictionary definitions for love affair

love affair

  1. a romantic or sexual relationship, esp a temporary one, between two people

  2. a great enthusiasm or liking for something: a love affair with ballet

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with love affair

love affair

An intimate sexual relationship, as in They had a torrid love affair many years ago. This expression dates from about 1600, when it referred merely to the experiences connected with being in love. The current sense dates from the second half of the 1800s.

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