affair

affair
A n
1 (event, incident, thing) affaire f ; the Haltrey affair l'affaire Haltrey ; the wedding was a grand affair le mariage a été une affaire prestigieuse ; the dress/cake was an extraordinary affair la robe/le gâteau était extraordinaire ;
2 (matter) affaire f ; at first the conflict seemed a small affair au début, le conflit ne paraissait pas grave ; state of affairs situation f ; it's a sad state of affairs c'est lamentable ;
3 (relationship) liaison f (with avec) ; (casual) aventure f ; a passionate affair une liaison passionnée ;
4 (concern) affaire f ; it's my affair c'est mon affaire.
B affairs npl
1 Pol, Journ affaires fpl ; foreign affairs affaires étrangères ; affairs of state affaires d'état ; they should not interfere in Egypt's (internal) affairs ils ne devraient pas se mêler des affaires de l'Égypte ; he deals with consumer affairs il s'occupe de la protection du consommateur ; foreign/religious affairs correspondent Journ spécialiste mf de politique internationale/des questions religieuses ;
2 (business) affaires fpl ; to put one's affairs in order mettre de l'ordre dans ses affaires.

Big English-French dictionary. 2003.

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