Affair Af*fair" ([a^]f*f[^a]r"), n. [OE. afere, affere, OF. afaire, F. affaire, fr. a faire to do; L.. ad + facere to do. See {Fact}, and cf. {Ado}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mil.) An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle. [1913 Webster]

4. Action; endeavor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And with his best affair Obeyed the pleasure of the Sun. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

5. A material object (vaguely designated). [1913 Webster]

A certain affair of fine red cloth much worn and faded. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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