Share this entry

affair
American English: /əˈfɛr/
British English: /əˈfɛː/

Translation of affair in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 1.1 (case) the Watergate affair
    el caso or affaire Watergate
    Example sentences
    • The revolution in military affairs refers to this new form of information-based warfare.
    • Martin also took a keen and active interest in political affairs and events happening around the country.
    • Hitler's growing involvement in the details of economic life matched an increasing intervention in military affairs.
    1.2 (event) the wedding was a small, family affair
    la boda se celebró en la intimidad
    it was a very formal affair
    fue una ocasión muy ceremoniosa
    the last outing was a very different affair
    la última excursión fue muy diferente
    affair of honor [literary]
    cuestión (feminine) de honor
    1.3 (business, concern) changing nationality is a complicated affair
    el cambio de nacionalidad es un asunto complicado
    that's my/your affair!
    ¡eso es asunto mío/tuyo!
    what I do in my own time is my affair
    lo que haga con mi tiempo libre es asunto mío
    Example sentences
    • As in all matters concerning the affairs of Muslims our guide is the Qur'ân.
    • She went from running errands to running his life, convincing him that she should manage his affairs and business matters.
    • We all need to realise that religion should be a private affair and a matter of belief.
    Example sentences
    • You can be aggressive when you need to resolve business and financial affairs.
    • You are blessed with a youthful outlook and dynamism to manage business or financial affairs successfully today.
    • It had been closed some months back after the organization intervened in the business's financial affairs.
    1.4
    also: affairs plural
    (matters)
    asuntos (masculine plural)
    to put one's affairs in order
    poner sus ( or mis etc) asuntos en orden
    a man of affairs
    un hombre de negocios
    home/internal affairs
    asuntos interiores/internos
    it's a poor state of affairs if I can't even buy myself …
    pues sí que están bien las cosas si ni siquiera me puedo comprar … [ironic]
    what's the current state of affairs in the real estate market?
    ¿cómo está la situación en el mercado inmobiliario?
    Example sentences
    • He enjoyed a passion for collecting art and an interest in public affairs.
    • Besides farming and fun, the clan's big interest was politics - they all felt an interest in public affairs was a duty.
    • His interest in public affairs, especially in social questions, was keener.
  • 2 (liaison)
    lío (masculine) [colloquial]
    she's having an affair
    tiene un amante
    he had an affair with her years ago
    tuvo un affaire con ella hace muchos años
    tuvo un lío con ella hace muchos años [colloquial]
    they're having an affair
    tienen relaciones
    tienen un lío [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • This is why extramarital affairs are so damaging.
    • Swingers often point to the high rates of clandestine extra-marital affairs when discussing this issue.
    • As well, different extramarital affairs demand different strategies on the part of the spouse or others.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (thing) [colloquial]her dress was a very elaborate affair
    su vestido era un modelo super complicado [colloquial]
    it was one of those new laser affairs
    fue una de esas cuestiones de láser que hay ahora [colloquial]

Definition of affair in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score: