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affair

af·fair

affair

 
pronunciation:
feIr
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an event, matter, or happening.
It was a sad affair when the mayor's son was kidnapped.Their wedding was the most exciting affair of the summer.
synonyms:
event, happening, incident, matter, occurrence
similar words:
business, episode, occasion
definition 2: (plural) public or business matters.
As mayor, he is busy with the affairs of the city.
similar words:
business, concerns, matters, transactions
definition 3: private matter; something that relates to or concerns only oneself.
How much money my father makes is my affair, not yours.
synonyms:
business, concern, matter
Word Parts
The word affair contains the following part:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.