party

noun
par·​ty | \ ˈpär-tē \
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 \ 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

The jacket, with matching pants, came to be known as a tuxedo in the U.S. after a prominent member of society in Tuxedo Park, New York, saw the prince in a short jacket rather than a tailcoat at a party in England in 1886. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Who Is He Wearing? Male Stars Take Red-Carpet Fashion Risks," 2 Jan. 2019 Even though her brother-in-law Kanye West is currently in the middle of a messy feud with Drake, Kylie and boyfriend Travis Scott still attended the party in partially coordinating outfits. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner’s New Year’s Eve Outfit Flaunted Major Boob," 2 Jan. 2019 Performers including Christina Aguilera, Bastille, and New Kids On The Block will keep the party alive. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's All The Info You Need To Watch The New Year's Eve Ball Drop From Home," 31 Dec. 2018 The parties agreed on buyout packages for close to 20 percent of editorial staff members. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 Supporters of former House Democratic Leader and Democratic nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams watch voting results come in during the victory party in Atlanta, Georgia. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 The second night, all four members of the party had dinner on shore, during which much wine was consumed, then returned to the Splendour,where more wine and Scotch were consumed. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 When the other party doesn't want to reconcile Of course, not every estrangement can be solved. Ashley Edwards Walker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Re-Establish Contact With an Estranged Family Member," 21 Dec. 2018 There’s something about holiday parties in particular that brings out the worst of it. Nadia Berenstein, SELF, "Holiday Parties Bring Out the Worst of My Rosacea," 19 Dec. 2018

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Because Nick and Priyanka are partying it up and celebrating the end of their respective single lives with those nearest and dearest to them. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas' Bachelor Party and Priyanka Chopra's Bachelorette Party, Compared," 11 Nov. 2018 From releasing a new makeup collection to partying it up with friends and fam, she’s done the absolute most to commemorate her 21st year of life. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Fashion Nova Unveils Kylie Jenner Birthday Behavior Collection," 11 Aug. 2018 Besides partying it up, what’s the best thing about being a free man? Mark Elibert, Billboard, "Casanova on His New EP 'Commissary,' How Prison Molded Him & Squashing His Beef With 6ix9ine," 28 June 2018 In the Fox News interview, Judge Kavanaugh leaned heavily on talking points and presented himself as a model teen—an image at odds with some classmates’ later depictions of him as a hard-partying student. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "The Man Behind the Brett Kavanaugh Strategy: Don McGahn," 4 Oct. 2018 Mellon, who once served as the chairman of the finance committee of the Republican Party in New York, was also known for his hard-partying ways. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Johnny Depp May Star in a Matthew Mellon Biopic," 24 July 2018 Unlike other teams who might celebrate a championship somewhat privately, the Caps have spent the last several days partying with and around their loyal fans. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "The best and wildest Capitals fans from Stanley Cup championship parade," 12 June 2018 The latest scandal at U.S.C. comes less than a year after the university was roiled by reports that the former dean of the medical school spent months partying with prostitutes and using drugs on campus. Jennifer Medina, New York Times, "‘Just the Grossest Thing’: Women Recall Interactions With U.S.C. Doctor," 17 May 2018 However, despite partying the night away together without Disick's other half, Sofia Richie, anywhere in sight, apparently a romantic reunion isn't on the cards, like, at all. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Partied with Scott Disick Following Split from Younes Bendjima," 10 Aug. 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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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)

: 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 \
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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