Definition of soiree
: a party or reception held in the evening
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
Kara and Peter Feringa, Aby and Tom Hamrick Jr., and Jamie and Tim Kirkpatrick (the dads all wore custom NOLA Couture mint julep motif ties) were among the many enjoying this summertime soiree.
The completely over-the-top circumstances went down at a particularly hopping soiree, where someone (hopefully a friend?) chased her from the shore and dunked her in the water.
What better way to create excitement than to throw a couple of soirees with all of your friends and serve them some joy, like the absolutely magical Popsicle snow cone—a rainbow firecracker in a cup.
To celebrate the original Mexican Independence Day in September, Jenna and Larry hosted a soiree at her parents' home in Dallas with plenty of Texas flair.
The soiree, off the record until now, was meant to introduce conservative lawmakers to high-profile Democrats (and a few Republicans), and attendees included many in the entertainment industry.
And because no summer soiree is complete without Emily Ratajkowski in a bathing suit, the star pulled through with a video of herself in a black and white ruffled number.
CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival, with its late-night soirees and throngs of paparazzi, isn’t an ideal place for children.
With folks whose parties tend to be pay-to-play, don’t be shy about asking what their soirees will set you back.
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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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Definition of soiree for English Language Learners
: a formal party that is usually at night
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