Definition of affinity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈfɪnəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈfɪnəti//
    (pl. affinities) (formal) Friends
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  1. 1[singular] affinity (for/with somebody/something) | affinity (between A and B) a strong feeling that you understand somebody/something and like them or it synonym rapport Sam was born in the country and had a deep affinity with nature. Humans have a special affinity for dolphins. See related entries: Friends
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] affinity (with somebody/something) | affinity (between A and B) a close relationship between two people or things that have similar qualities, structures or features There is a close affinity between Italian and Spanish.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘relationship by marriage’): via Old French from Latin affinitas, from affinis ‘related’ (literally ‘bordering on’), from ad- ‘to’ + finis ‘border’.Extra examples He has a natural affinity with numbers. His work shows some affinity with current trends in design. I felt a great affinity with the people of the Highlands. In his poems he showed some affinity with Coleridge. It’s important that you share an affinity with your husband. Jo feels a great affinity towards Pamela. Many girls do show an affinity for craft skills. She felt an affinity with earlier poets. There is a close affinity between these two species. an affinity between the two women an affinity with animals There was a natural affinity between the two women.
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