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party

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noun par·ty \ˈpär-tē\

Simple Definition of party

  • : a social event in which entertainment, food, and drinks are provided

  • : an organization of people who have similar political beliefs and ideas and who work to have their members elected to positions in the government

  • law : a person who is involved in a legal case or contract

Full Definition of party

plural parties

  1. 1 :  a person or group taking one side of a question, dispute, or contest

  2. 2 :  a group of persons organized for the purpose of directing the policies of a government

  3. 3 :  a person or group participating in an action or affair <a mountain-climbing party> <a party to the transaction>

  4. 4 :  a particular individual :  person <an old party approaching 80>

  5. 5 :  a detail of soldiers

  6. 6 :  a social gathering; also :  the entertainment provided for it

party adjective

Examples of party

  1. We are having a party.

  2. a high school dance party

  3. Were you invited to her party?

  4. Our New Year's Eve party was a huge success.

  5. political parties with opposing agendas

  6. The senator is loyal to his party.

  7. the two parties in the marriage contract

  8. The parties in the lawsuit reached a settlement.



Origin of party

Middle English partie part, party, from Anglo-French, from partir to divide — more at part


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with party


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party

verb par·ty

Simple Definition of party

  • : to have a party or be involved in a party : to spend enjoyable time eating, drinking, dancing, etc., with a group of people

Full Definition of party

par·tiedpar·ty·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to attend or give parties; broadly :  revel 1

par·ty·erplay also par·ti·er \-tē-ər\ noun

Examples of party

  1. He spent the weekend partying with his friends.



1919

First Known Use of party

1919




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