a social gathering, as of invited guests at a private home, for conversation, refreshments, entertainment, etc.: a cocktail party.
a group gathered for a special purpose or task: a fishing party; a search party.
a detachment, squad, or detail of troops assigned to perform some particular mission or service.
a group of persons with common purposes or opinions who support one side of a dispute, question, debate, etc.
a group of persons with common political opinions and purposes organized for gaining political influence and governmental control and for directing government policy: the Republican Party; the Democratic Party.
the system of taking sides on public or political questions or the like.
attachment or devotion to one side or faction; partisanship: to put considerations of party first.
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.
a person or group that participates in some action, affair, plan, etc.; participant: He was a party to the merger deal.
the person under consideration; a specific individual: The package was delivered to the wrong party.
a person or, usually, two or more persons together patronizing a restaurant, attending a social or cultural function, etc.:The headwaiter asked how many were in our party; a party of 12 French physicists touring the labs; a party of one at the small table.
a person participating in a telephone conversation: I have your party on the line.
any occasion or activity likened to a social party, as specified; session: The couple in the next apartment are having their usual dish-throwing party.
something lively, stimulating, or bustling: It’s so delicious, it’s like a party in your mouth.That plastic water bottle is a germ party.
an advantageous or pleasurable situation or combination of circumstances of some duration and often of questionable character; period of content, license, exemption, etc.: The police broke in and suddenly the party was over for the nation's most notorious gunman.
of or relating to a party or faction; partisan: party leaders.
of or for a social gathering: her new party dress.
being shared by or pertaining to two or more persons or things.
Heraldry. (of an escutcheon) having the field divided into a number of parts, usually two; parted.
to go to or give parties, especially a series of parties.
to enjoy oneself thoroughly and without restraint; indulge in pleasure.
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.”
- par·ty·less, adjective
- in·ter·par·ty, adjective
- non·par·ty, adjective, noun, plural non·par·ties.
- sub·par·ty, noun, plural sub·par·ties.
- party , person (see usage note at the current entry)
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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 | THE 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
a social gathering for pleasure, often held as a celebration
(as modifier): party spirit
(in combination): partygoer
a group of people associated in some activity: a rescue party
(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
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 prosecutor: a party to the action
informal, jocular a person: he's an odd old party
come to the party to take part or become involved
informal to celebrate; revel
heraldry (of a shield) divided vertically into two colours, metals, or furs
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Other Idioms and Phrases with party
In addition to the idioms beginning with party
- party line
- life of the party
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