Af*fair" (#), n. [OE. afere, affere, OF. afaire, F. affaire, fr. a faire to do; L.. ad + facere to do. See Fact, and cf. Ado.]


That which is done or is to be done; matter; concern; as, a difficult affair to manage; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public; -- often in the plural. "At the head of affairs." Junius.

"A talent for affairs." Prescott.


Any proceeding or action which it is wished to refer to or characterize vaguely; as, an affair of honor, i. e., a duel; an affair of love, i. e., an intrigue.

3. Mil.

An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.


Action; endeavor.


And with his best affair Obeyed the pleasure of the Sun. Chapman.


A material object (vaguely designated).

A certain affair of fine red cloth much worn and faded. Hawthorne.


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