- one of the litigants in a legal proceeding; a plaintiff or defendant in a suit.
- a signatory to a legal instrument.
- a person participating in or otherwise privy to a crime.
Origin of party
synonym study for party
usage note for party
historical usage of party
Since the 1300s, party has taken on a number of useful meanings, including “any of the people engaged in a formal legal proceeding,” which dates from the early 14th century. First noted in the 17th century is the sense of “an organized political group or faction” ( the Party, short for "the Communist Party," would show up around 1919). Also dating from the 17th century is the term party wall, “a wall that forms a boundary between areas with different owners,” while the familiar “festive social gathering” sense of party can be traced back to the early 18th century. In the next century, party line emerged (during the 1830s) as a political term meaning “a policy or principle to be maintained,” and later (from the early 1890s) was more commonly used in the now obsolete sense of “a telephone line shared by several subscribers.”
OTHER WORDS FROM partypar·ty·less, adjectivein·ter·par·ty, adjectivenon·par·ty, adjective, noun, plural non·par·ties.sub·par·ty, noun, plural sub·par·ties.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH partyparty , person (see usage note at the current entry)
How to use party in a sentence
Roblox has been expanding its focus to become a social platform, where users can come not just for gameplay but also to attend virtual birthday parties and concerts with friends.Roblox files for IPO as pandemic drives video game growth|Verne Kopytoff|November 20, 2020|Fortune
Making progress on these issues—as well as many others—doesn’t come from following any particular political party in lockstep.Charles Koch: Partisan politics don’t work. It’s time for a new way|jakemeth|November 19, 2020|Fortune
The lighting ceremony, which provides an excuse for residents all around Mount Vernon to throw parties, has been turned into a “virtual” event this year, viewable only on TV.Workers remove contents of Baltimore’s Grand Central nightclub|Ed Gunts|November 19, 2020|Washington Blade
Gavin Newsom has come under fire for attending a party in Napa Valley.Morning Report: County Digs in to Keep COVID Data Private|Voice of San Diego|November 19, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Station 4 is considered by some to offer the best party in town.
Alexander Gilkes has partied with Jay Z in Paris and toured vineyards with the rapper, too.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I heard the X-Men: Days of Future Past cast partied a lot, and Jennifer Lawrence can hang with the boys when it comes to drinking.James McAvoy on ‘Filth,’ His Wild Bachelor Party, and BB Gun Fights with Jennifer Lawrence|Marlow Stern|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They made the mistake—they partied—and now they have to deal with the repercussions.
I was leaving for California the next day, so Katie stayed and partied with me at a place in Cortland that serves kids drinks.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town|E. Jean Carroll|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was hounded by the prying paparazzi, desperate to label her a partied-out starlet.Taylor Momsen on Female Sexuality and Her Transformation from ‘Gossip Girl’ to Rock Star|Marlow Stern|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for party
- a social gathering for pleasure, often held as a celebration
- (as modifier)party spirit
- (in combination)partygoer
- (often capital) a group of people organized together to further a common political aim, such as the election of its candidates to public office
- (as modifier)party politics
Word Origin for party
Other Idioms and Phrases with party
In addition to the idioms beginning with party
- party line
- life of the party