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party

noun par·ty \ ˈpär-tē \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of party

plural parties
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

adjective

Examples of party in a Sentence

  1. We are having a party.

  2. a high school dance party

  3. Were you invited to her party?

  4. Our New Year's Eve party was a huge success.

  5. political parties with opposing agendas

  6. The senator is loyal to his party.

  7. the two parties in the marriage contract

  8. The parties in the lawsuit reached a settlement.

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Origin and Etymology of party

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


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party

verb

Definition of party

partied; partying
intransitive verb
:to attend or give parties; broadly :revel 1

partyer

or less commonly partier play \ˈpär-tē-ər\ noun

Examples of party in a Sentence

  1. He spent the weekend partying with his friends.

Recent Examples of party from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of party

see 1party


PARTY Defined for English Language Learners

party

noun

Definition of party for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of party for English Language Learners

  • : to have a party or be involved in a party : to spend enjoyable time eating, drinking, dancing, etc., with a group of people


PARTY Defined for Kids

party

noun par·ty \ ˈpär-tē \

Definition of party for Students

plural parties
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

Law Dictionary

party

noun par·ty

legal Definition of party

plural parties
1 a :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 instrument
  • Uniform 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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