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A love affair.
relationship, love affair, romance, fling, flirtation, dalliance, liaison, entanglement, romantic entanglement, involvement, attachment, affair of the heart, intrigue
- ‘In Libya, people put ice in their drinks, had houseboys and conducted affaires.’
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century French, literally ‘affair (of the heart)’.
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.’
French, from affaire, from à ‘to’ + faire ‘do’.
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