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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Affair  \Af*fair"\  ([a^]f*f[^a]r"),  n.  [OE.  afere,  affere,  OF 
  afaire,  F.  affaire,  fr  a  faire  to  do  L..  ad  +  facere  to  do 
  See  {Fact},  and  cf  {Ado}.] 
  1.  That  which  is  done  or  is  to  be  done  matter;  concern;  as 
  a  difficult  affair  to  manage;  business  of  any  kind 
  commercial,  professional,  or  public;  --  often  in  the 
  plural.  ``At  the  head  of  affairs.''  --Junius.  ``A  talent 
  for  affairs.''  --Prescott. 
 
  2.  Any  proceeding  or  action  which  it  is  wished  to  refer  to  or 
  characterize  vaguely;  as  an  affair  of  honor,  i.  e.,  a 
  duel;  an  affair  of  love,  i.  e.,  an  intrigue. 
 
  3.  (Mil.)  An  action  or  engagement  not  of  sufficient  magnitude 
  to  be  called  a  battle. 
 
  4.  Action  endeavor.  [Obs.] 
 
  And  with  his  best  affair  Obeyed  the  pleasure  of  the 
  Sun.  --Chapman. 
 
  5.  A  material  object  (vaguely  designated). 
 
  A  certain  affair  of  fine  red  cloth  much  worn  and 
  faded.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  affair 
  n  1:  a  vaguely  specified  concern;  "several  matters  to  attend  to"; 
  "it  is  none  of  your  affair";  "things  are  going  well" 
  [syn:  {matter},  {thing}] 
  2:  a  usually  secretive  or  illicit  sexual  relationship  [syn:  {affaire}, 
  {intimacy},  {liaison},  {involvement},  {amour}] 
  3:  a  vaguely  specified  social  event;  "the  party  was  quite  an 
  affair"  [syn:  {occasion},  {social  occasion}] 




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