Definition of love affair in English:

love affair

noun

  • 1A romantic or sexual relationship between two people, especially one that is outside marriage.

    • ‘Famous composers, such as those belonging to the Romantic era, weren't only passionate about their music, they were also passionate about their respective love affairs.’
    • ‘How could he possibly tell his parents that he was involved in a love affair with a married woman?’
    • ‘His travels were inspired, in the beginning at least, by an unfortunate love affair.’
    • ‘This all serves to make the movie - a story of a love affair running up against a war - that much more engaging.’
    • ‘With his remaining time, Charlie visits his family and has a tender love affair with Alice.’
    • ‘She fell madly in love with one of my great-great-uncles and they supposedly had a love affair.’
    • ‘In a future authoritarian state, Winston Smith rebels by beginning an illicit love affair and plotting revolution.’
    • ‘Much of the first half of this book is devoted to his love affair with Catherine.’
    • ‘The end of a love affair can signal a new beginning in another part of your life.’
    • ‘They became intimate at New Year's 1960 and pursued their love affair for many years.’
    • ‘Police were also aware that the victim was addicted to gambling on football, and there was an extra issue of a love affair.’
    • ‘A tense atmosphere could envelop your marital relationship or love affair.’
    • ‘But their idyllic love affair is undermined by Nick's sudden and unexplained illness.’
    • ‘Johnny agrees to renew their own love affair and he and Gilda are soon married.’
    • ‘After an unhappy love affair, Brennan moved to New York where her real story starts.’
    • ‘Her relationship with William was depicted as a love affair, involving many partings and returns from war.’
    • ‘Ralph's relationship with his mother is fraught, as is his love affair with Celia.’
    • ‘A woman is writing a novel about a love affair, or, more specifically, the end of the affair.’
    • ‘It wasn't long before their working relationship had developed into a love affair.’
    • ‘Sexual affairs and one-night-stands are usually short-term and rarely become love affairs or long-term friendships’
    relationship, affair, romance, liaison, affair of the heart, intrigue, fling, amour, involvement, amorous entanglement, romantic entanglement, entanglement
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    1. 1.1An intense enthusiasm or liking for something.
      ‘the great American love affair with the automobile’
      • ‘She has had a passionate love affair with dance, so much so that it has become more than just a hobby.’
      • ‘Hunters are particularly frustrated at the love affair citified folk have with deer.’
      • ‘Rich in Mexican culture, Tucson has long had a love affair with this powerful music.’
      • ‘Perhaps more than most Europeans, Swedes have a love affair with big, comfortable cars.’
      • ‘It is 25 years now since I first set eyes on this painting, and so began a long love affair whose ardour shows no sign of abating.’
      • ‘Our love affair with fame is very bad for our health, and now science has proved it.’
      • ‘Nationalism is about an intense love affair with the homeland.’
      • ‘It is true, my passionate love affair with the English language knows no bounds.’
      • ‘I eventually bought all their albums and began a life-long love affair with Canadian rock.’
      • ‘Glasgow has had an astonishing love affair with the cinema for more than 100 years.’
      • ‘The Indian love affair with the one-day game began with their surprise victory in the World Cup of 1983.’
      • ‘Despite a lifelong love affair with journalism, the job just wasn't going my way.’
      • ‘The foot fetish is hardly new - Asian countries have had a love affair with the foot for centuries.’
      • ‘Science, for Crick, was always a love affair with nature - a grand romantic adventure.’
      • ‘For a true devotee, these hardships are just part of her love affair with the sport.’
      • ‘Every major city has a love affair with the local sports clubs, no matter what sport is being played.’
      • ‘Phil also had an early love affair with the computer and often stayed up all night.’
      • ‘It was here that his lifelong love affair with European culture began.’
      • ‘During this time Peter learnt to speak French and this was the beginning of his love affair with Europe.’
      • ‘First, there is no doubt that the American love affair with the automobile continues.’

Pronunciation:

love affair

/ˈləv əˌfe(ə)r/