party line


Definition of party line

1 : the policy or practice of a political party
2 : a single telephone circuit connecting two or more subscribers with the exchange

called also party wire

3 : the principles or policies of an individual or organization also : the explanation or interpretation usually put forth the party line that her mother was a saint — Leslie Bennetts

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from party line

party-liner \ ˌpär-​tē-​ˈlī-​nər How to pronounce party-liner (audio) \ noun

Examples of party line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kavanaugh, who denied the allegations, was narrowly confirmed along party lines. CBS News, "Christine Blasey Ford: I was prepared for "being dismissed" for Brett Kavanaugh allegations," 18 Nov. 2019 All three voted on party lines against launching the formal impeachment inquiry being carried out by House Democratic leaders. oregonlive, "Gordon Sondland had influence on Capitol Hill long before he became ambassador, campaign contributions show," 8 Nov. 2019 Israel is a Democrat, DeSantis is a Republican, and the Senate vote was mostly on party lines. Anthony Man,, "Was Broward senator asleep in his chair during Florida Senate debate on ex-sheriff Scott Israel?," 24 Oct. 2019 Democrats, who hold a majority in the chamber, had been expected to vote to table it on party lines. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "House Democrats reject resolution to censure Schiff over his handling of impeachment inquiry," 17 Oct. 2019 The House voted largely on party lines last month to zero out research and development for... Elbridge Colby And Mike Gallagher, WSJ, "INF Treaty Defenders Raise the Risk of Nuclear War," 30 June 2019 However, Trump’s approval rating is split on party lines. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Trump’s approval rating drops to Charlottesville levels during shutdown," 27 Dec. 2018 The House voted 73-71, mostly on party lines, with Democrats in favor and all Republicans against. Christopher Keating,, "House Approves UConn Graduate Assistants' Contract," 26 Apr. 2018 Contributing to Davis’s success in Congress was her willingness and reputation for being unafraid to work across party lines. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As Rep. Susan Davis departs, San Diego loses its longest serving member and ‘true public servant’," 8 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'party line.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of party line

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about party line

Time Traveler for party line

Time Traveler

The first known use of party line was in 1837

See more words from the same year

Statistics for party line

Last Updated

23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Party line.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for party line

party line


English Language Learners Definition of party line

: the official policy or opinion of a political party or other organization that members are expected to support

More from Merriam-Webster on party line

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with party line

Comments on party line

What made you want to look up party line? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the study of flags

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!