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


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


party adjective


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

Synonyms for party

Synonyms: Noun

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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 family had just held a goodbye party for Christina in the same home. New York Times, "After Mormon Family’s Terror in Mexico, a Message Emerges: No One Is Safe," 9 Nov. 2019 Brexit is the spine of the Tory pitch, says Tom Randall, the party’s candidate, who campaigned for Leave. The Economist, "The Conservatives are struggling to win a crucial Midlands marginal," 7 Nov. 2019 Henson said the plan allows residents a choice between housing in Perkins, Somerset and Oldtown, though the Somerset community will provide interested parties with the first housing options. Hallie Miller,, "East Baltimore redevelopment project moves forward as construction begins," 7 Nov. 2019 Colorful crudités and pomme frites were passed among the buzzy crowd as DJ Isaac Likes transitioned the evening from cocktail hour to dance party with his jazzy beats. Vogue, "Natalia Dyer Hosted a Soirée at Sandro in SoHo," 6 Nov. 2019 The party’s candidate, Andy Beshear, also appeared to have won the governorship of Kentucky, declaring victory over an unpopular GOP incumbent by a slim margin in a state Trump won by 30 points in 2016. Molly Ball, Time, "Democrats Seize Control of Historically Red Virginia's State Legislature," 5 Nov. 2019 Brad Taylor, chair of Madison County GOP, said Craig applied to switch parties and qualify as a Republican. Lee Roop |, al, "Madison County license director changes parties, will run as Republican," 5 Nov. 2019 And at the store in New York's Rockefeller Plaza, American Girl will host a party with recording artist Ciara, featuring crafts, a doll salon, dinner and a violin prodigy. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "American Girl's holiday doll costs $5,000 and is covered in Swarovski crystals," 4 Nov. 2019 Two years ago, David and Wendy Mills received one of these notifications after their daughter, 16-year-old Kailee Mills, died in a car crash on the way to a Halloween party with friends. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Bubble Run brings community together in support of seatbelt safety awareness," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Word spread more on social media, and by the time the party kicked off, young folks from cities throughout the region were partying in the same place. Justin Phillips,, "A perspective on Orinda: Death, gun violence and generational trauma," 7 Nov. 2019 Last month, thousands of people trekked out to the small town of Rachel, Nevada ready to party near Area 51 in hopes of seeing those strange-looking creatures from outer space. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Mystery Town, USA turns urban legends into Mackinaw City family attraction," 21 Oct. 2019 Browse through the photos above for a look at Texans fans partying outside NRG Stadium before Sunday's game. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Texans tailgating fans celebrate home opener at NRG Stadium," 15 Sep. 2019 Trump has also been found to have flown on one of Epstein’s planes at least once, and video has emerged of Epstein and Trump partying together at Trump’s Florida mansion, Mar-a-Lago. NBC News, "After Epstein's suicide, conspiracy theories flourish online," 10 Aug. 2019 Two hard-partying brothers bring two wild and uncontrollable women to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 The squad, which has been partying hard since its consecutive Women's World Cup win over the Netherlands on Sunday, was in New York on Wednesday for the team's victory parade and rally. Charlotte Carroll,, "USWNT Uses Its Equal Pay Lawsuit as Confetti for World Cup Victory Parade," 10 July 2019 Meet Me in the Viper Room Channeled by designers, the spirits of hard-partying rock stars and ’90s-era Hollywood bad boys hovered over many runways. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Men’s Trends You Might Actually Want to Wear in 2020," 28 June 2019 DJ Rohan and DJ Tommy Lee kept the crowd on their feet and partying well into the night. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Dîner en Blanc In Long Island Was A Showcase Of Black Excellence," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of party


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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How to pronounce party (audio)

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



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


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


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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