Definition of affair in English:


Line breaks: af¦fair
Pronunciation: /əˈfɛː


  • 3 [with adjective] informal An object of a particular type: her dress was a black low-cut affair
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    • The restaurant is the best; an old-fashioned wood-and-leather affair with a horseshoe bar.
    • The back light, a scratched grey plastic affair which had come with the bike, was less satisfying.
    • His early albums were scratchy affairs, recorded using just a boombox with a cheap built-in microphone.


put one's affairs in order

Ensure that one’s financial and legal arrangements are properly organized, especially in preparation for one’s death: before he died he put his affairs in order and updated his will
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  • In 1940, worried by his own bad health, Salaman put his affairs in order.
  • The rest of the day was spent putting his affairs in order.
  • Participants in the program will not be detained and will be given up to 90 days in which to put their affairs in order.


Middle English: from Old French afaire, from à faire 'to do'; compare with ado.

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