- 1 affairs [plural] events that are of public interest or political importance world/international/business affairs an expert on foreign affairs (= political events in other countries) affairs of state see also current affairs event
- 2 [countable, usually singular] an event that people are talking about or describing in a particular way The newspapers exaggerated the whole affair wildly. The debate was a pretty disappointing affair. She wanted the celebration to be a simple family affair. relationship
- 3 [countable] a sexual relationship between two people, usually when one or both of them are married to somebody else She is having an affair with her boss. They had a passionate affair for six months. see also love affair Wordfinderaffair, date, go out with somebody, jealous, love, marriage, partner, passionate, relationship, romantic See related entries: Romance, Separation private business
- 4 affairs [plural] matters connected with a person’s private business and financial situation I looked after my father's financial affairs. She wanted to put her affairs in order before she died.
- 5[singular] a thing that somebody is responsible for (and that other people should not be concerned with) synonym business How I spend my money is my affair. object
- 6[countable] (old-fashioned) (with an adjective) an object that is unusual or difficult to describe Her hat was an amazing affair with feathers and a huge brim. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French afaire, from à faire