block party


Definition of block party

: an outdoor public party put on by the residents of a city block or neighborhood

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The overnight mayhem, in which no police officers were injured, happened just after 2:30 a.m. on Labor Day in a part of Brooklyn where 12 people were shot at a block party in July and crime rates remain twice the citywide average. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "Masked Gunman Opens Fire on Police in Brooklyn Backyard," 2 Sep. 2019 Stevie Wonder signed, sealed, and delivered a headlining performance at the block party and benefit concert hosted by Dave Chappelle on Sunday, to honor the victims of the recent mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. Rachel Yang,, "Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, and more perform at Dave Chappelle concert honoring Dayton victims," 26 Aug. 2019 Donohue performed at block parties and birthday parties but bailed around age 16. Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times, "Bad Boys of Magic trade the birds and bunnies for booze and banter," 16 Aug. 2019 This block party and Visit Anchorage business exchange celebrates summer with a beer and margarita garden, live music from H3, face painting and art activities. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things to do this week around Anchorage," 17 July 2019 In the summer of 1995, O’Rourke also played with the Swedes, which recorded seven songs to tape and played two shows—a block party and an in-store gig at a local record shop—before disbanding. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Nostalgia in Beto O’Rourke’s Indie-Rock Videos," 20 June 2019 Ohio Dayton: Comedian and Buckeye State native Dave Chappelle is coming home to host the Gem City Shine block party from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. USA TODAY, "‘Stranger’ tourists, Phish and the plague, kinkajou attack: News from around our 50 states," 22 Aug. 2019 Comedian Dave Chappelle will host a free block party for the people of Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday, less than three weeks after a mass shooting in the city left nine people dead and 17 others hurt. Fox News, "Dave Chappelle to host free Dayton block party after mass shooting," 22 Aug. 2019 The women attended a block party in front of the Robert W. Woodruff Library on the Clark Atlanta University campus. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A gunman fired into a crowd at an Atlanta college block party and injured 4 students, all women," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of block party

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of block party was in 1907

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English Language Learners Definition of block party

US : a party that is held outdoors for all the people who live in a neighborhood or city block

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