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par·​ty ˈpär-tē How to pronounce party (audio)
plural parties
: a person or group taking one side of a question, dispute, or contest
The parties in the lawsuit reached an agreement.
: a group of persons organized for the purpose of directing the policies of a government
political parties with opposing agendas
: a person or group participating in an action or affair
a mountain-climbing party
a party to the transaction
: a particular individual : person
an old party approaching 80
: a detail of soldiers
The infantry repulsed a landing party from the ship.
: a social gathering
a dinner party
a birthday party
also : the entertainment provided for it
party adjective


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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
His photography often revolved around family portraits, including birthday parties and graduations, while Fink also drove four hours back and forth to New York City to capture high society in Manhattan for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and GQ, among other publications. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Nov. 2023 One of the greatest obstacles to reaching any kind of resolution has been the absence of incentives for the stronger party, Israel. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2023 After failing to reach a deal with another party that favors closer ties with China, the party must overcome split support in the opposition camp to win. Vic Chiang, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreement On November 7th, Football Australia and the PFA held a joint press conference announcing the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement that will provide financial security to all parties through the 2027 Women’s World Cup. Vitas Carosella, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Garner included then and now photos of her costars among clips from the reunion party. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 Others said the party needed a new generation of leaders. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, 27 Nov. 2023 Looks like Emma Watson is ready for party season proper. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2023 Cherny, in his previous incarnation as a party intellectual, co-founded the journal Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, an incubator for many of the young liberals who would go on to staff the Obama and Biden Administrations. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023
Dressed in a trucker hat and plaid shirt, the site noted that Malone showed up with a couple friends and stayed all night, hanging and partying with fans who encouraged him to get on the mic and sing with the house band. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2023 In contrast to rock stars in decades past whose tours were marked by partying and trashed hotel rooms, Fink said, Swift and others such as Bruce Springsteen and James Brown have made seeming in control of their careers part of their image. Terry Castleman, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Fans were devastated when Williams left the group in 1995, after his bandmates and management took issue with his partying habits. TIME, 8 Nov. 2023 Enjoy a night of partying in the capital city of Reykjavik, and spend the next day recovering in one of the country's famous hot springs, like the Blue Lagoon. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 8 Nov. 2023 New Kids on the Block is getting ready to party next summer, as the quintet will embark on Magic Summer Tour 2024, announced on Monday (Oct. 30). Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 30 Oct. 2023 As well as partying alongside the likes of Channing Tatum and Zoë Kravitz, Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, Eilish shared a fun video on her Instagram Story that appeared to be taken on her way home from the bash. Lindsay Kimble, Peoplemag, 29 Oct. 2023 The optics are this: At a time when workers throughout the industry are struggling to pay bills and worried about A.I. eliminating their jobs, Zaslav is bringing home hundreds of millions of dollars, buying a multi-million dollar mansion, and partying in Cannes. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2023 So grab a bottle of wine—for the recipe—get ready to party, and enjoy making these delicious cocktail meatballs. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1919, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Party.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


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


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

Legal Definition


plural parties
: 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
: 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
: 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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