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)
Words nearby party
Example sentences from the Web for party
The new sleep tracking app appears less sophisticated than similar apps offered by third parties, but I’ll need to test it further.Apple Watch Series 6 first impressions: A stretchy addition looks great|Aaron Pressman|September 17, 2020|Fortune
Just because Obama says it doesn’t mean the rest of the party will agree.
Among the most significant differences between the two parties are on perceptions of American exceptionalism.Poll: Sharp partisan differences now exist on foreign policy, views of American exceptionalism|Dan Balz, Scott Clement|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
“Contextual has evolved and with the absence of the third-party cookie it’s all the more significant,” said Simone.‘Re-architecting the entire process’: How Vice is preparing for life after the third-party cookie|Lara O'Reilly|September 17, 2020|Digiday
That compares with the Democrats’ two-point party identification edge in 2016 exit polling and their eight-point advantage in 2012 exit polling.Post-ABC poll and others suggest Minnesota has shifted since 2016, but by how much?|Scott Clement, Dan Balz|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Neither the Republican nor the Democratic party have done anything to consistently target Asian- American voters.
Although the NFL party animal loves flaunting his washboard abs, he seems more fratboy than Fabio.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Eva Silverman, who co-hosts an Oakland Dinner Party, agrees.
Those who come to the Dinner Party are self-selecting; they do want to talk about it.
Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.
Walls End Castle, when the party broke up, returned to its normal state.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
To give him a party name, he became an anti-clerical, strictly in a political and lawful sense.
Native women were not interfered with by either party, nor were the foreigners, many of whom took refuge at the British Consulate.
No one was hurt, although the shot was evidently intended for my party.
Ascension being a holiday here, all we pianists made up a walking party out to Tiefurt, about two miles distant.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
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