block party


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1970s, block parties became a staple for several communities throughout the city, and DJs started making popular dance breaks in music tracks through a dual turntable system and mixer in order to keep parties going. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 24 Feb. 2023 All the time, from the block parties to the jams, people would have different conflicts. Insanul Ahmed, Men's Health, 22 Feb. 2023 But Morgan’s block party quickly turned into a wake, as Florida Gulf Coast buried USC during its second-half drought. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022 The shooting happened about 7 p.m. Monday during the annual Halloween block party in the Minne Lusa neighborhood, and no one besides the driver was injured. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2022 The block party kicked off in Detroit's east-side Islandview neighborhood. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 30 Oct. 2022 Roberts says the block party was the culminating event of a yearlong celebration of Wilmette’s 150th birthday, and that numbers throughout the day, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., were expected to reach over 10,000 — at a rate of approximately 1000 people an hour. Gina Grillo, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 The block party was initially set to take over the stretch of Vine Street known as Short Vine for home UC football games. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2022 The block party felt like a throwback to a New York of a different era, when Deitch Projects and other galleries tapped into a frenzied downtown art scene and held carnivalesque openings that spilled onto the sidewalk and blurred the lines of art, music, fashion and nightlife. John Ortved, New York Times, 20 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of block party was in 1907

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“Block party.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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