Affray is a term used to define a common law offense, which involves fighting between people in a public place that disturbs the peace. 

In Massachusetts, an affray “is an offense against the public, an aggravated disturbance of the public peace that arises when two or more people fight in public and cause terror to those present” as cited in Commonwealth v. Matthew Nee 985 N.E.2d 118 (2013)

[Last updated in April of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]