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(1)   A vaguely specified concern
"Several matters to attend to"
"It is none of your affair"
"Things are going well"
(2)   A vaguely specified social event
"The party was quite an affair"
"An occasion arranged to honor the president"
"A seemingly endless round of social functions"
(3)   A usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship


afere, affere, afaire, affaire, from a faire to do; Latin ad- + facere to do. See Fact, and confer Ado.


  1. That which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; — often in the plural.
    a difficult affair to manage
  2. Any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely.
    an affair of honor, i. e., a duel
    an affair of love, i. e., an intrigue.
  3. 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.
  5. An adulterous relationship. (from affaire de coeur.)