- U.S. History. a group of American Indians prepared for war.
- any political party or group that advocates war.
Origin of war party
An Americanism dating back to 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for war party
There were no two opinions in the council: let the Oneidas join us with their war-party, by all means.In the Valley
The old chief at Horican, your father, was the great captain of our war-party.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
These were signs that the war-party had been successful and that pale-faces had been the sufferers.
Two Arrows told Sile they was a war-party, and if that's so, they must have been licked somewhere.
In one place he saw a war-party stealing on the camp of their enemies.