Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: afaire, from à faire 'to do'


af‧fair S2 W1 [countable]

public/political activities


a) public or political events and activities:
world affairs
They were accused of interfering in China's internal affairs.
the exclusion of women from public affairs
a foreign affairs correspondent for CNN
b) things connected with your personal life, your financial situation etc:
I am not prepared to discuss my financial affairs with the press.

➔ state of affairs

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a) an event or set of related events, especially one that is impressive or shocking:
the Watergate affair
The whole affair was a disaster.
b) used when describing an event:
The party was a very grand affair.


a secret sexual relationship between two people, when at least one of them is married to someone else [= love affair]
affair with
He had an affair with his boss that lasted six years.


informal old-fashioned used when describing an object, machine etc:
The computer was one of those little portable affairs.

be somebody's affair

if something is your affair, it only concerns you and you do not want anyone else to get involved in it:
What I do in my free time is my affair.

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