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
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.
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.”
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
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