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



BrE BrE//əˈfreɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈfreɪ//
[countable, usually singular, uncountable] (law) Conflict
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a fight or violent behaviour in a public place The men were charged with affray/with causing an affray. See related entries: Conflict Word OriginMiddle 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’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: affray