af·fair /əˈfer, ˈfɛr/
1. That which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; as, a difficult affair to manage; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; -- often in the plural. “At the head of affairs.” --Junius. “A talent for affairs.” --Prescott.
2. Any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely; as, an affair of honor, i. e., a duel; an affair of love, i. e., an intrigue.
3. Mil. An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.
4. Action; endeavor. [Obs.]
And with his best affair
Obeyed the pleasure of the Sun. --Chapman.
5. A material object (vaguely designated).
A certain affair of fine red cloth much worn and faded. --Hawthorne.
n 1: a vaguely specified concern; "several matters to attend to";
"it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"
[syn: matter, thing]
2: a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship [syn: affaire,
intimacy, liaison, involvement, amour]
3: a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an
affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a
seemingly endless round of social functions" [syn: occasion,
social occasion, function, social function]