party

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noun

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

party

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verb

partied; partying

intransitive verb

: to attend or give parties
broadly : revel sense 1
partyer noun
or less commonly partier

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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Noun
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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1919, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near party

Cite this Entry

“Party.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/party. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

party

1 of 2 noun
par·​ty ˈpärt-ē How to pronounce party (audio)
plural parties
1
: one side in a dispute or contest
the parties to a lawsuit
2
: a group of persons organized to influence or direct the policies of a government
3
: a person or group that takes part with others in an action or affair
a mountain-climbing party
4
: a particular individual : person
get the right party on the telephone
5
: a detail of soldiers
6
: a social gathering
also : entertainment for such a gathering
party adjective

party

2 of 2 verb
partied; partying
: to give or attend parties

Legal Definition

party

noun
par·​ty
plural parties
1
a
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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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