noun, plural par·ties.
- 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.
verb (used without object), par·tied, par·ty·ing. Informal.
Origin of party
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.
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.”
Examples from the Web for parties
But Republican and Democratic parties have made efforts to reverse that trend.
Third parties in turn quibbled with his accounts, and he was irritated, but not overly so.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If you look at the history, you can really understand why the parties are so divided and why the public is so split.
So here we are with Abbas being the only one of three parties to this conflict still fighting for a two-state solution.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Both males and females at parties, weddings, and celebrations perform it.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The clergyman, who was impatient to get his dinner, soon united the parties, and we saluted the bride.The Gold Hunter's Adventures|William H. Thomes
The parties which in turn wield power in these periodic revolutions may be briefly termed classical and romantic.Morals and the Evolution of Man|Max Simon Nordau
The instigation of one of the parties by the other to commit adultery or other crimes.Marriage and Divorce Laws of the World|Hyacinthe Ringrose
Those not carried on under a special name, and the particulars known only to the parties themselves.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
They played in parties of two and two, with five shells each.Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before|George Turner
British Dictionary definitions for parties
noun plural -ties
- 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
verb -ties, -tying or -tied (intr)
Word Origin for party
Idioms and Phrases with parties
In addition to the idioms beginning with party
- party line
- life of the party