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Definition of the noun affair

What does affair mean as a name of something?

Affair is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: affairs

  1. a vaguely specified concern
    • example: it is none of your affair
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of affair: matter / thing
    • more generic word: concern = something that interests you because it is important or affects you
    • more specific word: least = something that is of no importance
  2. a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
  3. a vaguely specified social event

Alternative definition of the noun affair


  1. That which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; — often in the plural.
  2. Any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely.
  3. [military] An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.
  4. A material object (vaguely designated).
  5. An adulterous relationship. (from affaire de cœur.)


  1. "Affair" is a romance, drama, melodrama film directed by Kim In-gyoo and Kim Min-joon.
  2. "Affair": Relasyon is a 1982 drama film written by Ishmael Bernal, Raquel Villavicencio, and Ricardo Lee and directed by Ishmael Bernal.
  3. "Affair" is a film.


"Affair" is a book by Antony Amato.


  1. "Affair" is the third studio album by American singer Cherrelle. Released on November 2, 1988 by Tabu Records, It reached #15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart; and #106 on Billboard Top 200. It spawned the #1 R&B hit "Everything I Miss At Home," which is Cherrelle's only #1 on that chart to date.
  2. "AFFAIR" is a musical single of Shikao Suga.
    • released on (15 years ago)


Affair is a musical group.

  • album: "Face to Face"


Affair: An affair is a sexual relationship or a romantic friendship or passionate attachment between two people.

  • also known as Affairs

Phrases with Affair

  1. gala affair
  2. love affair
  3. social affair

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Affair

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Google previewPatterns Of Infidelity And Their Treatment (2013)

by Emily M. Brown

Definitions An affair is a sexual involvement with someone other than the spouse, which is hidden from the spouse. The key elements are extramarital, sexual, and secret. This definition excludes open marriages and other consensual, ...

Google previewSynonyms Discriminated (1889)

A Dictionary of Synonymous Words in the English Language, Illustrated with Quotations from Standard Writers by Charles John Smith

An affair is any fact which personally affects, whether as an occurrence, a duty or obligation, a transaction or employment; and in the...

Google previewSealing the Deal (2011)

The Love Mentor's Guide to Lasting Love by Diana Kirschner

Acting like you are having an affair is a powerful relationship enhancer no matter how long you have been together. Here is the key...

What's interesting about having an affair is that the partners are not automatically available to do the deed.

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Modern Medicine (2010)

by Joseph Segen

affair. Sexology A longterm sexual liaison, usually understood to mean one in which one or both of the partners is committing adultery Vox populi As commonly used, a major whoops–faux pas, booboo, etc between 2 or more people.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Judaism (2005)

by Sara E. Karesh, Mitchell M. Hurvitz

The 1840 Damascus Affair, which involved BLOOD LIBEL accusations and the torture of innocent Jews, represented one of the first times that human rights abuses rose to the attention of an international public, and marked the start of ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Israeli Intelligence (2006)

by Ephraim Kahana

The Pollard affair caused considerable damage to relations between Israel and the United States. Pollard's wife, Anne, was also sentenced to five years in prison . POLLARD AFFAIR. See POLLARD, JONATHAN JAY. QUESHET. See MOSSAD ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

affair, case [jur.], амины~(хүн амины ~) murder case, homicide, ~ бүртгэлт enquiry,~ бүртгэх to conduct an enquiry, ~ бүртгэх байгууллага organ of enquiry, хэргийн газар the scene ofthe crime, ~ зөрчил offence, ~зөрчил гаргахto ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011)

by W. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles

INDIAN SILVER AFFAIR, THE, is the name given to a financial scandal in 1912 involving wellplaced Jews. It occurred at virtually the same time as the betterknown *Marconi Affair. Ernest *Franklin, a partner intheCity merchant bankSamuel ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films, 1895-1930 (2005)

by Denise Lowe

Mabel's Heroes; Heinze's Resurrection; The Professor's Daughter; A Tangled Affair; A Red Hot Romance; A Doctored Affair; A Rural Third Degree; The Sleuths at the Floral Parade; A Strong Revenge; Foiling Fickle Father; The Rube and the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cold War Politics (2000)

by Brandon Toropov

U-2 affair The notorious and embarrassing U-2 affair was a diplomatic disaster for the United States and in particular for President Dwight D. EISENHOWER. The incident began in May 1960, when a U.S. airplane piloted by Francis Gary ...

Google previewEnglish spellings and spelling rules. [With] The dictionary of English inflected words [and] Punctuation: also, foreign phrases and quotations. Forming pt.1 (-3) of the Handy English word book (1877)

by James Stormonth

affaire d'amour (F.), &f .fdr' dd.mobr', affair of love; a love ...

Google previewHistorical Encyclopedia of Illinois (1918)

by Henry L. Fowkes

The first "affair" of this sort of which either history or tradition has handed down any account, is said to have occurred between an English and a French officer at the time of the surrender of Fort Chartres to the British in 1765, and in connection ...

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Quotes about Affair

Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it. (W. Somerset Maugham)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4A1I1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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