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.
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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
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
Though tissues are present and tears are not uncommon, the Dinner Parties are distinctly not grief counseling or group therapy.
Kyle Dietrich, 36, is a host of one of the DC Dinner Parties.
Lennon casually told some DC friends about it and found there was local interest in establishing Dinner Parties.
Here and there roving parties appeared, but having no recognized leaders, their existence did not invalidate the treaty.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
All parties have borne testimony to the value of his services, and the eminence of his talents.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Of which the sum is that all the parties to the case are evidently, for the time being, Protestants!
No more Jenkinsisms in the Morning Post, concerning fashionable parties.
There were machine guns here which wiped out the landing parties whenever they tried to get ashore North of the present line.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for party
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 party
In addition to the idioms beginning with party
- party line
- life of the party