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.
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Origin of party
synonym study for party
usage note for party
historical usage of party
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.”
OTHER WORDS FROM partypar·ty·less, adjectivein·ter·par·ty, adjectivenon·par·ty, adjective, noun, plural non·par·ties.sub·par·ty, noun, plural sub·par·ties.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH partyparty , person (see usage note at the current entry)
Example sentences from the Web for party
Many colleges and universities are using a number of “third-party solutions to keep operations afloat,” reports Natasha Mascarenhas.Extra Crunch roundup: A fistful of IPOs, Affirm’s Peloton problem, Zoom Apps and more|Walter Thompson|November 20, 2020|TechCrunch
The defeat of a couple of establishment Republican officeholders by tea party challengers in primaries was enough to fill others in the GOP with terror.The Republican Party’s future: Being terrorized by its unhinged base|Paul Waldman|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The twin runoffs in Georgia have taken on added significance because they are likely to determine which party controls the Senate.Live updates: Georgia secretary of state issues correction, saying certification of its general election results is still under way|John Wagner, Colby Itkowitz, Michelle Lee|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The Souls-like genre is essentially a Sony first-party creation, before FromSoftware decided to branch out with “Dark Souls” two years later.‘Demon’s Souls’ review: The ideal PlayStation 5 launch game|Gene Park|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Dugdale was released in 1980, and today lives in Ireland, an unrepentant wise elder of the Sinn Féin political party.‘The Woman Who Stole Vermeer’ revisits the strange tale of a British heiress who became a notorious art thief|Katharine Weber|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Partying and hooking up may be the best hope for the people of the book.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The madness officially begins tomorrow: a week of fashion, partying, and celebrities on the front row.Who to See and Where to be Seen: The Hot Tips for New York Fashion Week|Barbara Ragghianti|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It sounds like a scenario straight out of a Monday morning high school hallway following a weekend of partying and promiscuity.Slut-Shaming Gets the YA Treatment in ‘The Truth About Alice’|Erin Cunningham|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sugar and lots of starch will give you a boost followed by a crash that will end your late night partying.
If that was true, do you think she would be out there partying already and having fun?
All she cared about was going out and partying and meeting guys, but she was funny and utterly devoted to Ange.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
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