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

An eleventh seat will go to a civilian chosen by both parties. Author: Fay Abuelgasim, Noha Elhennawy, Anchorage Daily News, "Sudan’s protest leaders reach power-sharing deal with military," 5 July 2019 Carlson ordered that attorneys for both parties work on a reimbursement proposal and return to his courtroom on Aug. 8. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, "Watches taken from Orland Park man during 2010 arrest were auctioned off, court is told. But he can reclaim a 56-inch TV.," 5 July 2019 Presidential candidates from both parties usually sound hard-core in the primaries to appeal to their progressive or conservative bases. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Democratic Candidates Aren’t on a Winning Track," 4 July 2019 The agreement should explain the expectations from both parties: Who will dispose of the old toilet, what is the quality standard of the work, and what happens if the work does not meet expectations? Jill Chodorov Kaminsky, Twin Cities, "Don’t get hosed when looking for a plumber," 3 July 2019 Both parties are still being damaged by a process that needs to be settled ASAP, which means, yes, UConn should pay Ollie despite holding all the cards, if only for the convenience. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: The NCAA hammered Kevin Ollie; now UConn should settle with him and move on to bright future," 3 July 2019 Political operatives in both parties have sought ways to derail rival campaigns with dirty tricks. Dallas News, "Mischievous Republicans donate to keep love guru Marianne Williamson alive in Democratic primary," 3 July 2019 Before the trial even began, both parties reached an agreement to treat the genetic genealogy process as a tip, and not dwell on it beyond that. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA," 28 June 2019 This would ideally entail a frank discussion of how both parties have been complicit in the erosion of that authority. Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: Half the Senate told Trump not to abuse war powers against Iran," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And if all goes as planned, Branson will be partying at more Virgin Hotels soon. Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sir Richard Branson Actually Hates Hotels," 31 May 2019 Then the story of course about her friends out there partying with her with the Narcan. Fox News, "Ingraham: When the inmates run the immigration asylum," 26 July 2018 In the high school reunion, Jay and Silent Bob are seen partying with the Degrassi alums, and possibly engaging in some criminal activities with the school principal. Temi Adebowale, Seventeen, "These Are the Degrassi References You Missed in Drake's 'I'm Upset' Video," 14 June 2018 Raymond HallGetty Images After partying in Miami with the Jonas brothers and Priyanka Chopa, Sophie Turner flew to New York City for a round of press interviews. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Wore Her Cozy Louis Vuitton House Slippers Outside," 3 Apr. 2019 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

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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)

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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