affaire

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See also: affairé

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɑˈfɛː.rə/
  • 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]

  • IPA(key): /a.fɛʁ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛʁ
  • Homophone: affaires

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!
  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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