Main definitions of affaire in English

: affaire1affairé2

affaire1

(also affaire du cœur, affaire de cœur)

noun

  • A love affair.

    • ‘I tried to act utterly cool and nonplussed by the whole affaire de Madamoiselle A.’
    • ‘Well, at least I keep my private affaires to myself mostly.’
    • ‘In Libya, people put ice in their drinks, had houseboys and conducted affaires.’
    relationship, love affair, romance, fling, flirtation, dalliance, liaison, entanglement, romantic entanglement, involvement, attachment, affair of the heart, intrigue
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Origin

Early 19th century: French, literally ‘affair (of the heart)’.

Pronunciation

affaire

/aˈfɛː/

Main definitions of affaire in English

: affaire1affairé2

affairé2

adjective

  • Busy; involved.

    • ‘Much later he passed again and casually left a loaf of bread inside the barn door, stayed not for idle gossip but briskly, looking very "affairé", disappeared around the corner.’
    • ‘These pressures of one thing and another make me feel very affairé. I cannot imagine myself looking at Christmas shops.’

Origin

French, from affaire, from à ‘to’ + faire ‘do’.

Pronunciation

affairé

/afeʀe//aˈfɛːreɪ/