affaire

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See also: affairé

English[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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 notes[edit]

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

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French affaire.

Noun[edit]

affaire m (invariable)

  1. Political controversy

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French afaire, from Latin ad + faciō.

Noun[edit]

affaire f (uncountable)

  1. (Guernsey) things

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

  1. Alternative form of afaire

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French affaire.

Noun[edit]

affaire m (plural affaires)

  1. affair, love affair
    Synonyms: aventura, affair

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