- a thing to be done or attended to; matter; business
- an event or happening: a strange affair
- (qualified by an adjective or descriptive phrase) something previously specified, esp a man-made object; thing: our house is a tumbledown affair
- a sexual relationship between two people who are not married to each other
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- anything requiring action or effort;
business:resolved the affair with your lawyer.
- affairs, [plural] matters of commercial or public interest or concern:affairs of state.
matter: Our new computer is a complex affair.
- [singular] a private or personal concern: That's none of your affair.
- an often brief sexual relationship between two people not married to each other.
- an incident that causes argument, talk, and often public scandal.
- a social gathering or other organized festive occasion.
- anything done or to be done;
anything requiring action or effort;
concern:an affair of great importance.
- affairs, matters of commercial or public interest or concern;
the transactions of public or private business or finance:affairs of state; Before taking such a long trip you should put all your affairs in order.
- an event or a performance;
a particular action, operation, or proceeding:When did this affair happen?
matter (applied to anything made or existing, usually with a descriptive or qualifying term):Our new computer is an amazing affair.
- a private or personal concern;
a special function, business, or duty:That's none of your affair.
- an intense amorous relationship, usually of short duration.
- an event or happening that occasions or arouses notoriety, dispute, and often public scandal;
incident:the Congressional bribery affair.
- a party, social gathering, or other organized festive occasion:The awards ceremony is the biggest affair on the school calendar.
- Old French
- Latin ad to) + faire
Latin facere; replacing Middle English afere
- French, Old French afaire for a faire to do, equivalent. to a (
- earlier affaire 1250–1300