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 partydinner, celebration, body, company, force, gathering, team, faction, union, bloc, side, association, woman, man, affair, tea, gala, barbecue, amusement, splurge
Examples from the Web for party
Contemporary Examples of party
Neither the Republican nor the Democratic party have done anything to consistently target Asian- American voters.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
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
January 7, 2015
More to the point, Huckabee has a natural appeal to a party that has come to represent the bulk of working class white voters.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
And like all prophets, he was under-appreciated by his country, his community, and his party for far too long.
He sometimes surmised that it was because he was too outspokenly identified with the diminished liberal wing of the party.
Historical Examples of party
Is that brother of hers you told me about still makin' up to that party?
Now they neared the foot of the shaft where the rest of the party seemed to await them.
"Then I can only say that Captain Rushton was a party to the fraud," he said.Brave and Bold
Shepler and the party were to go through the mine as a matter of sight-seeing.
That telegram from Coplen is concernin' of a lady—a party that was with him when he died.
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
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.
"have a good time," 1922, from party (n.). Earlier as "to take the side of" (1630s). Related: Partied; partying.
In addition to the idioms beginning with party
- party line
- life of the party