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.
- parturient fever,
- party boat,
- party girl,
- party line,
- party liner,
- party list
Origin of party
Examples from the Web for party
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
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.
GOP leaders refused; they saw that Duke was pulling blue-collar Democrats to the party.
The hotel being quite full of visitors, two of our party had to sleep in the parlour on sofas of the horse-hair order.Reminiscences of Travel in Australia, America, and Egypt|Richard Tangye
He denied that he was party to the attempt, and paid the necessary fee to the Hanaper for his pardon.William de Colchester|Ernest Harold Pearce
No doubt the party indicated as the witch was very often another of the "good witches," perhaps a rival.A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718|Wallace Notestein
One of our party is still suffering from a bullet wound received at their hands.Camp Venture|George Cary Eggleston
A man was leaning against the wall, yawning, at an evening party.Nell, of Shorne Mills|Charles Garvice
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