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

In recent years third-party capital providers such as pension and sovereign-wealth funds have sought to deploy vast sums in reinsurance markets. The Economist, "The future of insurance is happening without insurance firms," 20 July 2019 Amazon is both a retailer and a third-party marketplace. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Amazon Warns Customers: Those Supplements Might Be Fake," 19 July 2019 The probe will explore whether Amazon is using non-public data from the third-party merchants on its marketplace to compete against them. Kat Borgerding, Vox, "Recode Daily: Big Tech told Congress it has plenty of competitors. But does it really?," 18 July 2019 With party leaders looking to give the effort as little oxygen as possible, there was no debate. Mary Clare Jalonick, Twin Cities, "Democratic-run House blocks maverick Democrat’s effort to impeach Trump, in show of party’s rift on issue," 17 July 2019 The announcement comes on the same day that Amazon announced changes to its third-party seller service agreement in response to a separate antitrust investigation by German regulators. Jon Porter, The Verge, "EU opens Amazon antitrust investigation," 17 July 2019 Surveillance of Rogers confirmed delivery of the drug packages and accepting cash from third-party co-conspirators. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Mobile postal worker jailed after weed delivery scheme discovered," 16 July 2019 Until Prime Day For The Best Tech Sales These policies also apply to purchases fulfilled by a third-party vendor. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "How Amazon's Return Policy Works For Prime Day Buys," 15 July 2019 All of its revenue — $103,000 — resulted from donations collected through a third-party fundraising company's national letter campaign. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Lawsuit targets 2 police officers. The plaintiff? The National Police Association.," 15 July 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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