2. affairs Transactions and other matters of professional or public business: affairs of state.
a. An occurrence, event, or matter: The senators death was a tragic affair.
b. A social function.
4. An object or a contrivance: Their first car was a ramshackle affair.
5. A matter of personal concern.
6. affairs Personal business: get ones affairs in order.
7. A matter causing public scandal and controversy: the Dreyfus affair.
8. A romantic and sexual relationship, sometimes one of brief duration, between two people who are not married to each other.
[Middle English affaire, from Old French afaire, from a faire, to do : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + faire, to do (from facere; see dh- in Indo-European roots).]
Synonyms: affair, business, concern, lookout These nouns denote something that involves one personally: I wont comment on that; its not my affair. Thats none of your business. Mind your own concerns. Its your lookout to file your application on time.
affair /fr/ n.1 a business matter: Our company lost money in that affair.2 a social gathering, such as a party or wedding: I have to go to a social affair this evening.3 a relationship, usu. sexual in nature, between two people who are not married to each other: The two had a brief affair, then did not see each other again.4man or woman of affairs: a businessperson: Hes always going to meetings; hes a man of affairs.
Thesaurus: affair1 a business opportunity, deal 2 a celebration, social event 3 a romance, love affair.