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
Custom furnishings built as much for performance as polish, plus a few glam expressions like a statement coffee table and large-scale artwork, made the space suitable for both sophisticated soirees and a young clan living its untidy everyday life.
Saturday, April 14: On Saturday, the record labels behind some of the weekend’s biggest performers will host their exclusive soirees.
The Original Taste Executive Council Charities hosts this culinary soiree, featuring dishes from more than 40 Valley restaurants and 50 wines from across the world.
Shand, as was described in Carolyne Zinko’s Style section profile a few months ago, is a photographer on the staff of Drew Altizer, the town’s main capturer of opening nights, soirees and most of all, fancy dresses.
First came the ranch dressing fountain, for use at your next gluttonous dinner soiree.
From Dev Happy Hours to a women in tech soiree to a discussion on cyber security to an entrepreneur expo with 100 local startups, the options span an array of topics all focused on different aspects of the tech world.
The music-loving Schlegels haunt concert halls and hold soirees at their home for their politically concerned friends, who discuss the women’s suffrage movement and what to do about the poor.
There was a long line for selfies with Hillary Clinton last week at a Georgetown soiree for Lanny Davis, a Clinton loyalist whose latest book blames former FBI director James B. Comey for her 2016 presidential defeat.
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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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