nounLaw , • dated
- An instance of fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace: Lowe was charged with causing an affray a person guilty of affrayMore example sentences
- At a hearing earlier this month, the accused pleaded guilty to causing an affray during a fight in a pub in April.
- His criminal record also includes armed robbery, affray, assault, theft and public order offences.
- The plaintiff was the widow of a man killed in a criminal affray.
Middle English (in the general sense 'disturbance, fray'): from Anglo-Norman French afrayer 'disturb, startle', based on an element of Germanic origin related to Old English frithu 'peace, safety' (compare with German Friede 'peace').