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[ pahr-tee ]


, plural par·ties.
  1. a social gathering, as of invited guests at a private home, for conversation, refreshments, entertainment, etc.:

    a cocktail party.

    Synonyms: assemblage, meeting

  2. a group gathered for a special purpose or task:

    a fishing party; a search party.

  3. a detachment, squad, or detail of troops assigned to perform some particular mission or service.
  4. a group of persons with common purposes or opinions who support one side of a dispute, question, debate, etc.

    Synonyms: ring, coterie, circle, faction

  5. 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.

  6. the system of taking sides on public or political questions or the like.
  7. attachment or devotion to one side or faction; partisanship:

    to put considerations of party first.

  8. Law.
    1. one of the litigants in a legal proceeding; a plaintiff or defendant in a suit.
    2. a signatory to a legal instrument.
    3. a person participating in or otherwise privy to a crime.
  9. a person or group that participates in some action, affair, plan, etc.; participant:

    He was a party to the merger deal.

  10. the person under consideration; a specific individual:

    The package was delivered to the wrong party.

  11. 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.

  12. a person participating in a telephone conversation:

    I have your party on the line.

  13. 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.

  14. something lively, stimulating, or bustling: That plastic water bottle is a germ party.

    It’s so delicious, it’s like a party in your mouth.

    That plastic water bottle is a germ party.

  15. 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.


  1. of or relating to a party or faction; partisan:

    party leaders.

  2. of or for a social gathering:

    her new party dress.

  3. being shared by or pertaining to two or more persons or things.
  4. Heraldry. (of an escutcheon) having the field divided into a number of parts, usually two; parted.

verb (used without object)

, Informal.
, par·tied, par·ty·ing.
  1. to go to or give parties, especially a series of parties.
  2. to enjoy oneself thoroughly and without restraint; indulge in pleasure.


/ ˈpɑːtɪ /


    1. a social gathering for pleasure, often held as a celebration
    2. ( as modifier )

      party spirit

    3. ( in combination )


  1. a group of people associated in some activity

    a rescue party

    1. often capital a group of people organized together to further a common political aim, such as the election of its candidates to public office
    2. ( as modifier )

      party politics

  2. the practice of taking sides on public issues
  3. a person, esp one who participates in some activity such as entering into a contract
  4. the person or persons taking part in legal proceedings, such as plaintiff or prosecutor

    a party to the action

  5. informal.
    a person

    he's an odd old party

  6. come to the party
    to take part or become involved
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. informal.
    to celebrate; revel
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. heraldry (of a shield) divided vertically into two colours, metals, or furs
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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.
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Other Words From

  • par·ty·less adjective
  • in·ter·par·ty adjective
  • non·par·ty adjective noun plural nonparties
  • sub·par·ty noun plural subparties
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Word History and Origins

Origin of party1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English partie, paarty, from Old French, noun use of feminine of parti, past participle of partir “to divide, separate, go away,” from Latin partīre “to share, divide”; part
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Word History and Origins

Origin of party1

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

  • life of the party
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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

The new sleep tracking app appears less sophisticated than similar apps offered by third parties, but I’ll need to test it further.

From Fortune

Just because Obama says it doesn’t mean the rest of the party will agree.

From Vox

Among the most significant differences between the two parties are on perceptions of American exceptionalism.

“Contextual has evolved and with the absence of the third-party cookie it’s all the more significant,” said Simone.

From Digiday

That compares with the Democrats’ two-point party identification edge in 2016 exit polling and their eight-point advantage in 2012 exit polling.

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.

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.

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.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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