ETYM Old Eng. afere, affere, Old Fren. afaire, French affaire, from a faire to do; Latin. ad + facere to do. Related to Fact, Ado.
1. A usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship; SYN. affaire, intimacy, liaison, involvement, amour.
2. A vaguely specified social event; SYN. occasion, social occasion.
3. A vaguely specified concern