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
Synonyms for party
Related Words for partiesdinner, celebration, body, company, force, gathering, team, faction, union, bloc, side, association, woman, man, affair, tea, gala, barbecue, amusement, splurge
Examples from the Web for parties
Contemporary Examples of parties
But Republican and Democratic parties have made efforts to reverse that trend.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
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
January 7, 2015
If you look at the history, you can really understand why the parties are so divided and why the public is so split.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
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
January 2, 2015
Both males and females at parties, weddings, and celebrations perform it.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of parties
By the law of God it could not be so annulled as to permit of the re-marriage of the parties.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The challenge was accepted, and the parties met on the following day.Biographical Sketches
Your applying, however, to Reginald can be productive only of good to all parties.Lady Susan
He had tried to please all parties, and by no means succeeded.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
The expression of our faces let the parties into the secret of what was going on.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
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
"have a good time," 1922, from party (n.). Earlier as "to take the side of" (1630s). Related: Partied; partying.
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with party
- party line
- life of the party