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. “A talent for affairs.” Prescott.
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.
An action or engagement not of sufficient magnitude to be called a battle.
4 Action; endeavor. [Obs.] And with his best affair Obeyed the pleasure of the Sun. Chapman.
5 A material object (vaguely designated). A certain affair of fine red cloth much worn and faded. Hawthorne.