UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈfɛər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈfɛr/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə fâr)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
af•fair /əˈfɛr/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. anything requiring action or effort;
    business:resolved the affair with your lawyer.
  2. affairs, [plural] matters of commercial or public interest or concern:affairs of state.
  3. thing;
    matter: Our new computer is a complex affair.
  4. [singular] a private or personal concern: That's none of your affair.
  5. an often brief sexual relationship between two people not married to each other.
  6. an incident that causes argument, talk, and often public scandal.
  7. a social gathering or other organized festive occasion.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
af•fair  (ə fâr),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. anything done or to be done;
    anything requiring action or effort;
    concern:an affair of great importance.
  2. 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.
  3. an event or a performance;
    a particular action, operation, or proceeding:When did this affair happen?
  4. thing;
    matter (applied to anything made or existing, usually with a descriptive or qualifying term):Our new computer is an amazing affair.
  5. a private or personal concern;
    a special function, business, or duty:That's none of your affair.
  6. an intense amorous relationship, usually of short duration.
  7. an event or happening that occasions or arouses notoriety, dispute, and often public scandal;
    incident:the Congressional bribery affair.
  8. 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

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
affair /əˈfɛə/ n
  1. a thing to be done or attended to; matter; business
  2. an event or happening: a strange affair
  3. (qualified by an adjective or descriptive phrase) something previously specified, esp a man-made object; thing: our house is a tumbledown affair
  4. a sexual relationship between two people who are not married to each other
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from à faire to do
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