- the entertainment of guests for one or more nights at one's home, a fraternity or sorority house, etc.
- the guests at such an affair or party: The house party goes sailing today.
Origin of house party
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for house party
The house-party had dispersed before she came down next day.The Education of Eric Lane
Twice during the painful period of the house-party I heard from Martin.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
I'm invited to visit the swellest home in Council Bluffs for a house-party.In a Little Town
There were assembled the house-party only, Devar and I being the guests of the evening.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
One was a newspaper, bearing the date of Lloyd's first house-party.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
- a party, usually in a country house, at which guests are invited to stay for several days
- the guests who are invited
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