love affair

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noun
  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
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love affair

noun
  1. a romantic or sexual relationship, esp a temporary one, between two people
  2. a great enthusiasm or liking for somethinga love affair with ballet
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Idioms and Phrases with love affair

love affair

1

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.

2

A strong enthusiasm, as in We can't ignore America's love affair with the automobile. [Mid-1900s]

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