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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch affare, from Old French [Term?]. Spelling borrowed again from Middle French affaire. The sense “sexual affair” has been borrowed from English affair.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌɑˈfɛː.rə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: af‧fai‧re
  • Rhymes: -ɛːrə

NounEdit

affaire f (plural affaires, diminutive affairtje n)

  1. matter, issue
  2. political scandal or controversy
  3. sexual affair
  4. (dated) business

Derived termsEdit


FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

a- +‎ faire This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

affaire f (plural affaires)

  1. affair, business
  2. deal
  3. (informal) (usually used in the plural) belonging (something physical that is owned)
  4. (informal) things; stuff
    • 1996, Chrystine Brouillet, C'est pour mieux t'aimer, mon enfant, →ISBN, page 66:
      "Cibole! C'est pas le genre d'affaire qu'on oublie!" — Dangit! It's not the kind of stuff you just forget!
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  5. (Quebec, informal) thingamajig
  6. (informal, Louisiana) thing

Usage notesEdit

  • In the meaning of "thing, stuff", the word is also used as a plurale tantum.

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French affaire.

NounEdit

affaire m (invariable)

  1. Political controversy

NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French afaire, from Latin ad + faciō.

NounEdit

affaire f (uncountable)

  1. (Guernsey) things

Old FrenchEdit

NounEdit

affaire f (oblique plural affaires, nominative singular affaire, nominative plural affaires)

  1. Alternative form of afaire

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French affaire.

NounEdit

affaire m (plural affaires)

  1. affair, love affair
    Synonyms: aventura, affair

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