• (America) IPA: /əˈfɛɹ/
  • (otherwise) (America) IPA: /əˈfɛə(ɹ)/
  • (RP) IPA: /əˈfɛə/

affair (plural affairs)

  1. (often in the plural) Something which is done or is to be done; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public.
    a difficult affair to manage
    Synonyms: matter, concern
  2. Any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely.
    an affair of honor, a duel;  an affair of love, an intrigue
  3. (military) An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.
  4. A material object (vaguely designated).
    He used a hook-shaped affair with a long handle to unlock the car.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      The house was a big elaborate limestone affair, evidently new. Winter sunshine sparkled on lace-hung casement, on glass marquise, and the burnished bronze foliations of grille and door.
  5. An adulterous relationship. (from affaire de cœur).
  6. A romantic relationship with someone who is not one's regular partner (boyfriend, girlfriend).
  7. A person with whom someone has an adulterous relationship.
  8. A party or social gathering, especially of a formal nature.
  9. (slang, now, rare) The (male or female) genitals.
    • 1748, John Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure:
      [S]he, with the greatest effrontery imaginable, unbuttons his breeches, and removing his shirt, draws out his affair, so shrunk and diminished that I could not but remember the difference, now cresfallen, or just faintly lifting its head.
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Scharmützel
  • Russian: боестолкнове́ние
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: причинда́лы
  • Spanish: partes

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