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or soirée

[swah-rey] /swɑˈreɪ/
an evening party or social gathering, especially one held for a particular purpose:
a musical soiree.
Origin of soiree
1810-20; < French, equivalent to Old French soir evening (< Latin sērō late (adv.), orig. ablative of sērus) + -ée < Latin -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1; cf. journey Unabridged
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  • After the soiree was over he was surprised at the excited condition of Jane.

  • I am glad you can come, but you must be good, and go to the soiree.

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I haven't danced since the soiree at South Place twenty years ago.

    You Never Can Tell George Bernard Shaw
  • Our only other gayety since I last wrote was a soiree at M. Louvier's.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I went last night to his third soiree, and he certainly is the wonder of the age.

British Dictionary definitions for soiree


an evening party or other gathering given usually at a private house, esp where guests are invited to listen to, play, or dance to music
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French soir evening, from Latin sērum a late time, from sērus late
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Word Origin and History for soiree

"an evening party," 1793, from French soirée, from soir "evening," from Old French soir "evening, night" (10c.), from Latin sero (adv.) "late, at a late hour," from serum "late hour," neuter of serus "late," from PIE *se-ro-, suffixed form of root *se- (2) "long, late" (cf. Sanskrit sayam "in the evening," Lithuanian sietuva "deep place in a river," Old English sið "after," German seit "since," Gothic seiþus "late," Middle Irish sith, Middle Breton hir "long").

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