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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun affair:

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Definition of the noun affair

What does affair mean as a name of something?

Affair is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: affairs

  1. a vaguely specified concern
    • example: it is none of your affair
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of affair: matter / thing
    • more generic word: concern = something that interests you because it is important or affects you
    • more specific word: least = something that is of no importance
  2. a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
  3. a vaguely specified social event

Alternative definition of the noun affair


  1. That which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; — often in the plural.
  2. Any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely.
  3. [military] An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.
  4. A material object (vaguely designated).
  5. An adulterous relationship. (from affaire de cœur.)


  1. "Affair" is a romance, drama, melodrama film directed by Kim In-gyoo and Kim Min-joon.
  2. "Affair": Relasyon is a 1982 drama film written by Ishmael Bernal, Raquel Villavicencio, and Ricardo Lee and directed by Ishmael Bernal.
  3. "Affair" is a film.


"Affair" is a book by Antony Amato.


  1. "Affair" is the third studio album by American singer Cherrelle. Released on November 2, 1988 by Tabu Records, It reached #15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart; and #106 on Billboard Top 200. It spawned the #1 R&B hit "Everything I Miss At Home," which is Cherrelle's only #1 on that chart to date.
  2. "AFFAIR" is a musical single of Shikao Suga.
    • released on (15 years ago)


Affair is a musical group.

  • album: "Face to Face"


Affair: An affair is a sexual relationship or a romantic friendship or passionate attachment between two people.

  • also known as Affairs

Phrases with Affair

  1. gala affair
  2. love affair
  3. social affair

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Affair

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Google previewPatterns Of Infidelity And Their Treatment (2013)

by Emily M. Brown

Definitions An affair is a sexual involvement with someone other than the spouse, which is hidden from the spouse. The key elements are extramarital, sexual, and secret. This definition excludes open marriages and other consensual, ...

Google previewSealing the Deal (2011)

The Love Mentor's Guide to Lasting Love by Diana Kirschner

Acting like you are having an affair is a powerful relationship enhancer no matter how long you have been together. Here is the key...

What's interesting about having an affair is that the partners are not automatically available to do the deed.

Google previewThe Fall of Public Man (1977)

by Richard Sennett

The Dreyfus Affair is a classic case of how, when a community based on an abstract, diffuse collective personality takes form, an irremediable schism opens up in a society. No change in material conditions, in history, can alter the position of ...

Google previewSynonyms Discriminated (1889)

A Dictionary of Synonymous Words in the English Language, Illustrated with Quotations from Standard Writers by Charles John Smith

An affair is any fact which personally affects, whether as an occurrence, a duty or obligation, a transaction or employment; and in the...

Google previewThe Greville Memoirs (2011)

A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV, King William IV and Queen Victoria by Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville, Henry Reeve

The Chinese affair is the most serious, and one can see no solution of it that is not full of objections and embarrassments.1 In the first place it ...


We are not now concerned with the beauty of the reflection, or the excellence of the doctrine ; our present affair is a mere question of taste. NoVv if the order of this passage had been reversed ; if in a discourse upon the doctrine- of works, Mr .

Google previewEncyclopedia of U.S. Political History (2010)

by Andrew Robertson, Michael A. Morrison, William G. Shade, Robert Johnston, Robert Zieger, Thomas Langston, Richard Valelly

The Eaton Affair occurred simultaneously with increasing discord within the administration about the relative powers of the states and the national government. These differences were manifested in such issues as the Tariff of 1828 and the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Judaism (2005)

by Sara E. Karesh, Mitchell M. Hurvitz

The 1840 Damascus Affair, which involved BLOOD LIBEL accusations and the torture of innocent Jews, represented one of the first times that human rights abuses rose to the attention of an international public, and marked the start of ...

Google previewAmerican Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection [6 volumes] (2013)

The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection by Spencer C. Tucker

Affair. Start. Date: November. 1861. End. Date: January. 1862. Diplomatic crisis between the United States and Great Britain. Captain Charles Wilkes of the screw frigate San Jacinto was searching for the Confederate commerce raider Sumter ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Communication (2007)

by Lynda Lee Kaid, Christina Holtz-Bacha

The Waldheim affair refers to discussions about the involvement of the former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim (1918–2007) in World War II. Waldheim, a member of the People's Party (Österreichische Volkspartei, or ÖVP), was foreign ...

Google previewBusiness Scandals, Corruption, and Reform: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2013)

An Encyclopedia by Gary Giroux

The Haymarket affair dealt with the bombing in Haymarket Square, Chicago, in 1886 and the aftermath. Industrial production and corporate profits rose rapidly in the 1880s, but not wages or working conditions as hundreds of thousands of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Media and Propaganda in Wartime America (2011)

by Martin J. Manning, Clarence R. Wyatt

Affair. Iran-Contra was the linkage of two otherwise vastly different foreign policy problems that bedeviled the Reagan administration: how to secure the release of U.S. hostages held by Iranian-backed kidnappers in Lebanon and how to ...

Google previewJapan at War: An Encyclopedia (2013)

An Encyclopedia by Louis G. Perez

Golovnin Affair (l8l l-l8l3) In 1811, the Russian sloop Diana was on a surveying trip in the Kurile Islands, as part of the Russian push ...

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Quotes about Affair

Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it. (W. Somerset Maugham)
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Scrabble value of A1F4F4A1I1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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