party

[pahr-tee]
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noun, plural par·ties.

adjective

verb (used without object), par·tied, par·ty·ing. Informal.

to go to or give parties, especially a series of parties.
to enjoy oneself thoroughly and without restraint; indulge in pleasure.

Origin of party

1250–1300; Middle English partie < Old French, noun use of feminine of parti, past participle of partir < Latin partīre to share. See part
Related formspar·ty·less, adjectivein·ter·par·ty, adjectivenon·par·ty, adjective, noun, plural non·par·ties.sub·par·ty, noun, plural sub·par·ties.
Can be confusedindividual party person (see usage note at the current entry)

Synonyms for party

Synonym study

1. See company.

Usage note

Party meaning “a specific individual” is old in the language, going back to the 15th century, and was formerly in common use. Today, it remains standard in limited senses, chiefly the legal, and is often used humorously or condescendingly: the party holding the balloon. The word person is the neutral and common term.
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British Dictionary definitions for inter-party

party

noun plural -ties

  1. a social gathering for pleasure, often held as a celebration
  2. (as modifier)party spirit
  3. (in combination)partygoer
a group of people associated in some activitya rescue party
  1. (often capital)a group of people organized together to further a common political aim, such as the election of its candidates to public office
  2. (as modifier)party politics
the practice of taking sides on public issues
a person, esp one who participates in some activity such as entering into a contract
the person or persons taking part in legal proceedings, such as plaintiff or prosecutora party to the action
informal, jocular a personhe's an odd old party
come to the party to take part or become involved

verb -ties, -tying or -tied (intr)

informal to celebrate; revel

adjective

heraldry (of a shield) divided vertically into two colours, metals, or furs

Word Origin for party

C13: from Old French partie part, faction, from Latin partīre to divide; see part
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Word Origin and History for inter-party

party

v.

"have a good time," 1922, from party (n.). Earlier as "to take the side of" (1630s). Related: Partied; partying.

party

n.

late 13c., "part, portion, side," from Old French partie "side, part; portion, share; separation, division" (12c.), literally "that which is divided," noun use of fem. past participle of partir "to divide" (see part (v.)). Political sense of "side in a contest or dispute" evolved by 1300; meaning "a person" is from mid-15c. Sense of "gathering for social pleasure" is first found 1716, from general sense of persons gathered together (originally for some specific purpose, e.g. dinner party, hunting party). Phrase the party is over is from 1937; party line is first recorded 1834 in the sense of "policy adopted by a political party," 1893 in the sense of "telephone line shared by two or more subscribers." Party pooper is from 1951, American English.

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Idioms and Phrases with inter-party

party

In addition to the idioms beginning with party

  • party line

also see:

  • life of the party
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