party

noun
par·​ty | \ ˈpär-tē How to pronounce party (audio) \
plural parties

Definition of party

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person or group taking one side of a question, dispute, or contest The parties in the lawsuit reached an agreement.
2 : a group of persons organized for the purpose of directing the policies of a government political parties with opposing agendas
3 : a person or group participating in an action or affair a mountain-climbing party a party to the transaction
4 : a particular individual : person an old party approaching 80
5 : a detail of soldiers The infantry repulsed a landing party from the ship.
6 : a social gathering a dinner party a birthday party also : the entertainment provided for it

party

verb
partied; partying

Definition of party (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to attend or give parties broadly : revel sense 1

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Other Words from party

Noun

party adjective

Verb

partyer or less commonly partier \ ˈpär-​tē-​ər How to pronounce partier (audio) \ noun

Examples of party in a Sentence

Noun

We are having a party. a high school dance party Were you invited to her party? Our New Year's Eve party was a huge success. political parties with opposing agendas The senator is loyal to his party. the two parties in the marriage contract The parties in the lawsuit reached a settlement.

Verb

He spent the weekend partying with his friends.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the early hours of June 7th, the Brexit Party’s candidate, Mike Greene, came close to winning the first seat in Parliament for a party that was created just two months earlier. The Economist, "Britain’s major parties are weaker than ever before," 7 June 2019 Randeep Singh Surjewala, a spokesman for India's opposition National Congress party, criticized the government and Defense Ministry for continuing to use the AN-32 despite the 2016 accident and not putting enough money into replacing the fleet. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Indian military plane vanishes mid-flight," 6 June 2019 That Bobby Berk Designed for Season 3 Outside, the space is built for relaxation (and ready for a pool party!) with lounge chairs, outdoor tables, a fitness area, a pool and jacuzzi. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "See Inside the New Real World House in Atlanta — and Meet the Cast!," 6 June 2019 Yes, the Democrats picked up five House seats—the only off-year gain for a presidential incumbent’s party since FDR in 1934. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "1998 Was a Seinfeld Election—Not an Impeachment Referendum," 6 June 2019 Typically, the third-party inspectors are required to visit fewer than 10 percent of cocoa farms. Peter Whoriskey, Anchorage Daily News, "Much of the chocolate you buy starts with child labor," 6 June 2019 Group discounts are available for parties of 15 or more. al.com, "Hit it: ‘Legends in Concert’ opens Friday at OWA," 5 June 2019 The rally highlights the importance of Florida and the I-4 Corridor in the upcoming campaign, with the state capable of swinging the presidency for either party. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "El Paso said it wasn’t paid when President Trump visited. Orlando will get its money up front.," 5 June 2019 Each pack will include a variety of backyard recreation activities, perfect for parties and get-togethers. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Others questioned how calls for community service, pop-up art exhibits and a charity run planned for this Cinco de Mayo would dissuade students from partying all day. Stephanie Morales, The Seattle Times, "Task force formed after racist incidents releases findings," 21 Apr. 2018 Violet goes clubbing one night to alleviate stress and winds up partying too hard. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "From Teen Spirit to A Star Is Born: What's With All the Movies About Pop Stars?," 19 Apr. 2019 The Kardashian sisters looked ready to party in their looks for the night. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Juicy Details From Kylie Jenner's Over-The-Top 21st Birthday Party That You Totally Missed," 10 Aug. 2018 Lovato had allegedly been partying for 12 hours straight before overdosing. Fox News, "Demi Lovato reportedly surrounded herself with enablers prior to overdose," 5 Aug. 2018 Okay, so this is pretty heavy on the speculation, but The Mirror reported all the way back to a year ago that both Payne and Campbell were partying together at the post-BAFTAs Vogue Fashion and Film event in London. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "This Liam Payne and Naomi Campbell Timeline Is Very Telling," 4 Feb. 2019 According to Vanity Fair, wedding guests will party into the night at the Royal Lodge. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Get to Know Princess Eugenie's Family Before Her Royal Wedding," 16 Aug. 2018 William Burunoff, said that his street is still littered with smashed beer bottles from college students partying on his street. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs neighbors demand changes to Derby parking," 13 June 2018 Anyway, enjoy all the beautiful shots and try not to get too jealous that mom and dad were partying without you: Happy birthday, Ellen! Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan, "Kim, Kanye, Chrissy, John, and More Come Out to Celebrate Ellen DeGeneres," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of party

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for party

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of party was in the 14th century

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party

noun

English Language Learners Definition of party

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

party

verb

English Language Learners Definition of party (Entry 2 of 2)

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

party

noun
par·​ty | \ ˈpär-tē How to pronounce party (audio) \
plural parties

Kids Definition of party

1 : a social gathering or the entertainment provided for it
2 : a person or group concerned in some action He's a party to the lawsuit. A search party was formed.
3 : a group of people who take one side of a question or share a set of beliefs a political party

party

noun
par·​ty
plural parties

Legal Definition of party

1a : one (as a person, group, or entity) constituting alone or with others one of the sides of a proceeding, transaction, or agreement the parties to a contract a person who signed the instrument as a party to the instrumentUniform Commercial Code
accommodated party
: a party to an instrument for whose benefit an accommodation party signs and incurs liability on the instrument : a party for whose benefit an accommodation is made
accommodation party
: a party who signs and thereby incurs liability on an instrument that is issued for value and given for the benefit of an accommodated party
secured party
: a party holding a security interest in another's property
third party
: a person other than the principals insurance against injury to a third party
b : one (as an individual, firm, or corporation) that constitutes the plaintiff or defendant in an action also : one so involved in the prosecution or defense of a judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding as to be bound or substantially affected by the decision or judgment therein
adverse party
: a party to an action who is on the opposing side specifically : a party to a finally decided action whose interests would be served by having the judgment upheld on appeal and who is entitled to notice of an appeal
aggrieved party
: a party with a legally recognized interest that is injuriously affected especially by an act of a judicial or quasi-judicial body and that confers standing to appeal

called also aggrieved person, party aggrieved

indispensable party
: a party whose rights are so connected with the claims being litigated in an action that no judgment can be rendered without affecting or impairing those rights, no complete disposition of the action can be made without the party's joinder, and whose nonjoinder will result in the dismissal of an action — compare necessary party in this entry

Note: Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 19 provides the courts with discretion in determining whether the absence of a party requires dismissal of an action, replacing an older and more rigid basis for determination. The rule states that “the court must determine whether, in equity and good conscience, the action should proceed among the existing parties or should be dismissed.”

innocent party
: a party having no fault in or responsibility for the situation for which judicial relief is sought : a party who comes into court with clean hands
necessary party
: a party whose interests are so connected with an action that he or she should be joined in order to fully determine the controversy but whose nonjoinder because of a valid excuse will not result in dismissal — compare indispensable party in this entry
nominal party
: a party who has no actual stake in the outcome of litigation and whose inclusion as a party is solely for the purpose of conforming with procedural rules
party aggrieved
: aggrieved party in this entry
party in interest
1 : a person whose rights are or will be affected by an action taken especially by a government or judicial body especially : a person whose pecuniary interests are affected by a bankruptcy proceeding
2 : real party in interest in this entry
proper party
: a party whose interests are likely to be affected by litigation and whose inclusion in the litigation is preferable but not essential
real party in interest
: a party who according to the applicable law is entitled to enforce the right that forms the basis of the claim regardless of who will actually benefit by the outcome

Note: Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 17(a) requires that “an action must be prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest.”

third party
1 : a person who is not a party to an action but who is or may be liable to the defendant in the action for all or part of the plaintiff's claim and against whom the defendant may bring a third-party complaint
2 : a person who is not a party to an action but who is or may be liable to the plaintiff in the action for all or part of a counterclaim and against whom the plaintiff may bring a third-party complaint — see also third-party complaint
2 : a group of persons usually sharing a set of political ideals who are organized for the purpose of directing the policies of a government

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