affair ( affairs plural )
1 n-sing If an event or a series of events has been mentioned and you want to talk about it again, you can refer to it as the affair.
The government has mishandled the whole affair..., The affair began when customs officials inspected a convoy of 60 tankers...
2 n-sing You can refer to an important or interesting event or situation as `the ... affair'. (mainly JOURNALISM) usu the n-proper N
...the damage caused to the CIA and FBI in the aftermath of the Watergate affair.
3 n-sing You can describe the main quality of an event by saying that it is a particular kind of affair.
usu supp N
Michael said that his planned 10-day visit would be a purely private affair...
4 n-sing You can describe an object as a particular kind of affair when you want to draw attention to a particular feature, or indicate that it is unusual.
All their beds were distinctive; Mac's was an iron affair with brass knobs...
5 n-count If two people who are not married to each other have an affair, they have a sexual relationship.
She was having an affair with someone at work.
6 n-plural You can use affairs to refer to all the important facts or activities that are connected with a particular subject.
usu supp N
He does not want to interfere in the internal affairs of another country...
state of affairs
7 n-plural Your affairs are all the matters connected with your life which you consider to be private and normally deal with yourself.
usu poss N
The unexpectedness of my father's death meant that his affairs were not entirely in order.
8 n-sing If you say that a decision or situation is someone's affair, you mean that it is their responsibility, and other people should not interfere. poss N
(=business) If you wish to make a fool of yourself, that is your affair...
love affair ( love affairs plural )
1 n-count A love affair is a romantic and usually sexual relationship between two people who love each other but who are not married or living together.
oft N with/between n
...a stressful love affair with a married man.
2 n-sing If you refer to someone's love affairwith something, you mean that they like it a lot and are very enthusiastic about it.
with supp, usu N with n
...the American love affair with firearms...