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noun affair pronunciation in British English /əˈfeə(r)/
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  1. 1


    [plural] events and activities relating to the government, politics, economy etc of a country, region, or the world
    a public affairs consultant
    a social/regional/international affairs correspondent
    The new president is seen to be unreliable on foreign affairs.
    See also current affairs
  2. 2


    [plural] things relating to your personal life, for example what is happening within your family or your financial situation
    We are friends, but I don’t know much about their private affairs.
  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] something that happens, especially something shocking, in public or political life
    Several government ministers resigned because of the affair.
    The president’s popularity remained largely unaffected by the whole affair.
  4. 5
    [countable] used for talking about an event, situation etc
    The party was a rather dull affair.
    a family affair: The film is very much a family affair – all her brothers are in the cast.
    1. a.
      informal used for talking about what an object looks like
      Her dress was a long silky affair.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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