Examples of soiree in a Sentence
- After the interview she took me to a coffee-and-cake soiree at a wealthy student's house. —Thomas Keneally, The Tyrant's Novel, 2004
- Ostensible grownups can be reduced to screaming toddlers over who gets the credit for bringing in a major donor's gift—and thus gets the inside track for a better seat at the next big soirée. Bring into this piranha tank an attractive, ambitious, wealthy woman who made an almost instant connection with the President and his wife, and the knives start flashing. —Viveca Novak, Time, 14 June 1999
- Mariah Carey's voyage into pop stardom begins on a fateful Friday evening in 1988 when she and dance songbird Brenda K. Starr—for whom Carey was a background singer—attend a music industry soiree. —Larry Flick, CD Review, December 1994
a fashionable soiree at a fancy hotel
Recent Examples of soiree from the Web
On Monday, after weeks of teasing the Scaramucci Post on Twitter, the Mooch held a soiree for the new business at his Midtown steak joint, the Hunt & Fish Club.
Evening in white Le Diner en Blanc, a popular summer evening soiree celebrated in six continents, will take place Sept. 14 at a secret location (revealed on the day of the event) in San Diego.
Conference attendees enjoyed events well into the evening with soirees such as the Sojourner Truth Women’s Leadership Reception.
On Monday, after weeks of teasing the Scaramucci Post on Twitter, the Mooch held a soiree for the new business at his Midtown steak joint, the Hunt
Costume soiree at Cellarmen’s Last week marked the two-year anniversary of this laid-back Hazel Park haunt, which specializes in craft mead, ciders and beer.
The soiree is one of more than half a dozen parties and events competing for nominees’ attention in the days leading up to Sunday’s Emmy Awards.
Others plan to drive over to a big party at the California Institute of Technology during the day, and then to a soiree at someone’s home that night.
Eat Your Heart Out culinary soiree is returning to Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd.
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Soiree: a Fancy Evening Party
In English, soiree means “a fancy evening affair.” The word comes directly from French and was formed from the word soir, meaning “evening” or “night.” The French make a subtle distinction between soir, which refers explicitly to the time of day following sunset, and soirée, which refers to some duration of time, usually translated as “evening.” English speakers don’t use different words, but we understand the difference between “I’ll see you tomorrow evening” and “We spent the evening playing cards”—one refers to a time of day and one refers to the passage of time. From the idea of a period of time evolved the second meaning of soirée: a party that takes place during the evening. As is typical for words that have been borrowed from modern French, soiree in English signifies the fancy version of a simple “party”: an evening event that is formal or refined in some way.
A third sense of soirée in French, “an evening performance,” has a parallel with matinée, from matin “morning. ” Matinée literally means “morning performance” in French but has come to mean “daytime or afternoon performance” in English. The “evening performance” meaning of soirée has not been adopted by English. Our Unabridged of 1934, however, did record both a verb soiree (meaning, presumably, “to hold or attend an evening party”) and the variant swarry, “so spelled in mimicry of mispronunciation.”
Soiree can be spelled in English using the acute accent as soirée, but is usually spelled without it.
Origin and Etymology of soiree
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