from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An intimate sexual relationship or episode between lovers.
  • n. A strong enthusiasm: America's love affair with the automobile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An affair; an adulterous relationship. Used colloquially to distinguish which type of affair, leaving less room for doubt.
  • n. A fondness

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a relationship between two lovers


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  • Now that she had a possible love affair with Danny Idol on the back burner, she seemed less threatened by me with Vic.

    Kiss It

  • Now the confession followed, how he had had a love affair in which he had not cut a good figure and which ruined a woman's life, and that afterwards he had been violently remorseful and had lived with the idea of suicide.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • The play was by the late Ettore Rella and concerned an interracial love affair in the modern mode and in blank verse.

    All The Available Light

  • YOU COULD COMPARE a certain kind of love affair to a car wreck.

    Some Fun

  • Hood was a bachelor and was becoming a social lion in Richmond, but he had no love affair on the banks of the Nansemond.


  • It screamed like one, but it looked like the end result of a love affair between a man and a widemouthed bass, a shiny, wriggling thing with muddy eyes on either side of its head.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • First published in Harper's, January-February, 1901 The story of the love affair of a college student at Nassau Hall, in the days preceding the American Revolution.


  • Instead of that wasteful, wild assignation that amounted to nothing, we would have begun an all consuming love affair that would have lit a fire so strong in both our hearts, nothing could quench it and calm our passions but the promise of a life together.


  • You think a love affair is ending, and you are gripped with Anna Karenina-ish drama, but two weeks later the guy is standing in your doorway, arms stretched up on the molding, jacket hanging open, a sheepish look on his face, saying, “Hey, take me back, will ya?”

    The Women’s Room

  • As she shimmies in her sequined gown toward the spotlight to sing in her breathiest voice, “Happy Birthday, Mr. President,” her quirky sense of timing, sweet way with an innuendo, and her love affair with American celebrity and power are captured perfectly by the camera.

    All The Available Light


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