affair etymology

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

Detailed word origin of affair

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
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 (eng) (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 [...]

Words with the same origin as affair

Descendants of ad
aboard accent according accused agree agreement alien alley appear approach around arrive aside asleep assault attempt attend attention available huge round size tend tent
Descendants of a-
accompany accomplish accomplished accomplishment address advise advisor amuse amusement arraignment assure attire attorney avenge await disagree disagreement tyre
Descendants of facere
affect affected defeat defect face facebook faced fact factor factory fair fashion feature perfect perfection profit profitable satisfaction satisfied satisfy scientific terrific testify verify