Definition of l'affaire in US English:

l'affaire

noun

  • Used before a proper name (after French construction) to denote a scandal associated with the specified person, organization, etc.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Punch. From French l'affaire from la the + affaire in its specific sense development ‘scandal associated with a person or organization’. Compare French l'affaire Dreyfus.

Pronunciation

l'affaire

/ləˈfɛː/