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 [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

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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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