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
With a nod to the Cinco de Mayo date, the cafeteria was decorated with colorful pinatas. Thanked for a spectacular soiree were Chairwoman Christine Breaux and event stylist Brandy Pinedo.
The guest list is a modest 130 to 150, making for a more intimate soiree than many state dinners in previous administrations.
For their fine jewelry collection on Friday evening, the designers chose the New York Public Library for a soiree and dinner.
And who better than Hamptonite (and lifestyle guru) Gwyneth Paltrow to host an early summer soiree?
Cabaret soiree Concerts, master classes, workshops, panel discussions, multimedia presentations, open mics and other events will stretch more than a week during Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion, running Oct. 28-Nov. 4 in multiple venues.
So who’s attending this year’s Catholic-themed soiree?
Parker’s husband Matthew Broderick and the couple’s 15-year-old son James Wilkie skipped the soiree, making the evening a girls’ night out.
Image But the soiree at hand was on an altogether different level.
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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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