affair

n.

  1. 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.
  2. 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. An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.
  4. Action; endeavor.
  5. A material object (vaguely designated).