affair - definition and synonyms


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    [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.

  2. 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.

  3. 4
    [countable] a sexual relationship between two people, especially when one of them is married to someone else
    have an affair:

    Her husband denied that he was having an 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.