affaire

See also: affairé

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

affaire (plural affaires)

  1. Obsolete spelling of affair
    • 1570, Roger Ascham, The Scholemaster, A Preface to the Reader:
      M. Secretarie hath this accustomed maner, though his head be neuer so full of most weightie affaires of the Realme, yet, at diner time he doth seeme to lay them alwaies aside

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch affare, from Old French afaire. 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

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French afaire.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

affaire f (plural affaires)

  1. business; matter; affair
    affaire importanteimportant business
    C'est une affaire d'honneur.It is a matter of honor.
    C'est l'affaire d'une minute.It's a matter of a minute.
    C'est mon affaire, pas la vôtre.It's my business, not yours.
  2. deal, transaction, bargain
    conclure une affaireto close a deal
  3. business, enterprise
    Synonyms: société, entreprise
    monter une affaireto set up a business
    Ils ont repris l'affaire familiale.They took over the family business.
  4. affair, scandal
    Synonym: scandale
    l'affaire Dreyfusthe Dreyfus affair
    Affaire FillonFillon affair
  5. (law) case, trial
    L'affaire O.J. Simpson fut une des plus médiatisées.The O. J. Simpson case was one of the most publicized.
  6. (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!"
  7. (informal, chiefly in the plural) belonging (something physical that is owned)
  8. (informal, Quebec) thingamajig
  9. (informal, Louisiana) thing

Usage notesEdit

  • In the meaning of "thing, stuff", the word is also used in the plural.

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French affaire. Doublet of affare.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

affaire m (invariable)

  1. political controversy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ affaire in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French afaire.

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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