Affair etymology


English word affair comes from Latin ad ((direction) toward, to, on, up to, for.), Old French (842-ca. 1400) a-, Latin facere

Etymology of affair

Detailed word origin of affair

Dictionary entry Language Definition
ad Latin (lat) (direction) toward, to, on, up to, for.
a- Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) (by extension) indicating a change of state. Indicating movement towards something. Intensifying prefix.
facere Latin (lat)
faire Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To do.
afaire Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Character; disposition. Problem; difficulty. Situation; event.
affere Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
affair English (en) (military) An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.. (often in the plural) Something which is done or is to be done; business of any kind, commercial, professional, or public.. (slang, now, rare) The (male or female) genitals.. A material object (vaguely designated).. A party or social gathering, especially of a formal nature.. A person with whom someone has [...]