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

So future players, whether parties in this case or not, would still stand to benefit from collective bargaining impacted by a favorable court decision or settlement, as is discussed here. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "USWNT's Class Certification Filing and What it Means for Case vs. U.S. Soccer," 13 Sep. 2019 The pair, who also play love interests on Riverdale, kept their distance from each other at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con party in San Diego on July 20. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Cole Sprouse Celebrates Lili Reinhart's Birthday with PDA-Filled Instagram Post: I'm 'So Lucky'," 13 Sep. 2019 Coastal lawmakers from both parties said the bills would protect U.S. coasts from drilling that can pollute crucial waters — and lead to disasters such as the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, "House votes to bar Arctic drilling; Senate action unlikely," 13 Sep. 2019 First, political parties — in the past often been driven by region and economic interests — began to solidify around central ideological beliefs. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "What to Know About the Origins of 'Left' and 'Right' in Politics, From the French Revolution to the 2020 Presidential Race," 12 Sep. 2019 Billed as the largest polo party in the country, the event features fan favorite Nacho Figueras, also a Ralph Lauren model, playing in Scottsdale for his second time. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 When the second debate came around, in July, Marilyn attended a watch party in Manhattan. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Ironic Occultists for Marianne Williamson," 11 Sep. 2019 But members of the president’s own party in particular can be counted on to fall in line. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Why Do So Many Republican Voters Support Trump? A Theory," 11 Sep. 2019 The governor denied being in the picture but admitted to wearing blackface as a young man while portraying Michael Jackson at a dance party in the 1980s. USA TODAY, "Animation behind bars, Elliott the elk, SkyStar: News from around our 50 states," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Everybody still parties together and has a good time together. Brian Mccollum, Freep.com, "Revealing the White Stripes: The inside story of the early years," 24 July 2019 This was not the case for baby Kulture, who seemingly had a grand old time, devouring cake and partying it up with her older siblings. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Inside Cardi B And Offset's Epic 1st Birthday Party For Kulture," 15 July 2019 In the first episode, for example, Jesse is being blackmailed with video evidence of him partying with topless women, and doing drugs while away at a convention. oregonlive.com, "‘Succession’ and ‘The Righteous Gemstones’: How to make unlikable characters into great TV (and how not to)," 13 Aug. 2019 On Sunday night, Rih was seen partying with friends in Barbados and posing for selfies in the same outfit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Hopped Out of a Plane Looking Like a Casual Goddess," 5 Aug. 2019 The November 1992 tape in the NBC archives shows Donald Trump partying with Jeffrey Epstein at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, now a private club, more than a decade before Epstein pleaded guilty to felony prostitution charges in Florida. Jack Bohrer, NBC News, "Tape shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein discussing women at 1992 party," 17 July 2019 On his weekend off before the British Grand Prix, he was photographed partying with his celebrity circle of friends in Los Angeles. Sarah Holt, CNN, "British Grand Prix: Can Lewis Hamilton overtake Michael Schumacher in Formula 1's record books?," 11 July 2019 Many communities are planning to party the day away with parades, picnics and ending with fireworks. Greg Burnett, cleveland.com, "Fourth of July celebrations in and around Cleveland," 27 June 2019 Law ended up partying at a nightclub across the Canadian border. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Ty Law was driven to prove people wrong, and that made him a no-doubt Hall of Famer," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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