[ pahr-tee ]
/ ˈpɑr ti /

noun, plural par·ties.


verb (used without object), par·tied, par·ty·ing. Informal.

to go to or give parties, especially a series of parties.
to enjoy oneself thoroughly and without restraint; indulge in pleasure.

Nearby words

  1. parturient fever,
  2. parturifacient,
  3. parturiometer,
  4. parturition,
  5. partway,
  6. party boat,
  7. party girl,
  8. party line,
  9. party liner,
  10. party list

Origin of party

1250–1300; Middle English partie < Old French, noun use of feminine of parti, past participle of partir < Latin partīre to share. See part

Related formspar·ty·less, adjectivein·ter·par·ty, adjectivenon·par·ty, adjective, noun, plural non·par·ties.sub·par·ty, noun, plural sub·par·ties.

Can be confusedindividual party person (see usage note at the current entry)

Synonym study

1. See company.

Usage note

Party meaning “a specific individual” is old in the language, going back to the 15th century, and was formerly in common use. Today, it remains standard in limited senses, chiefly the legal, and is often used humorously or condescendingly: the party holding the balloon. The word person is the neutral and common term. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for party


/ (ˈpɑːtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

verb -ties, -tying or -tied (intr)

informal to celebrate; revel


heraldry (of a shield) divided vertically into two colours, metals, or furs

Word Origin for party

C13: from Old French partie part, faction, from Latin partīre to divide; see part

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Word Origin and History for party
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Idioms and Phrases with party


In addition to the idioms beginning with party

  • party line

also see:

  • life of the party
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