tailgate party


Definition of tailgate party

: a social gathering in which food and drinks are served at or near the back end of a parked vehicle (such as a pickup truck) that usually occurs in a parking lot before or after a public event (such as a football game or concert)

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Recent Examples on the Web Virgil and Tamatha met almost three years ago at State Farm Stadium, at a tailgate party before a motocross event. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "Saying 'I do' in a dark time shines light on a couple and their family," 14 Oct. 2020 Also, there’s a big difference between tailgating with your close family members or roommates in your bubble and heading to a large college tailgate party—the latter poses a much bigger risk. Rachael Zisk, Popular Science, "How to enjoy fall festivities without spreading COVID-19," 7 Oct. 2020 The scene at the Rockin’ R tube rental parking lot across the Guadalupe River from the Gruene historic district had the feel of a tailgate party before a big game Thursday evening — a festive, flag-waving atmosphere. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "Trump Train is a regular party in New Braunfels, but some are feeling the hangover," 25 Sep. 2020 If your reaction to Big Ten’s decision to play football this fall was to start planning a tailgate party, go ahead, relax and take a beat. cleveland, "Most colleges have banned tailgating for 2020. Will Ohio State follow suit?," 16 Sep. 2020 The sheds are filled with cars and people and everyone is welcome to join in on anyone’s tailgate party. Makelle Barski, Detroit Free Press, "Season ticket holders mourn the loss of roaring Detroit Lions season," 13 Sep. 2020 To control crowds and promote social distancing, the pop up patio will offer two types of reservations: a 90 minute reservation of a picnic table or a 90-minute reservation of a 10-by-10 plot of land — think beer pong or tailgate party. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Party on Pitt wants to make summer fun again with beer, live music and social distancing," 21 Aug. 2020 Before the episode, there will be a tailgate party featuring clips from the series and testimonial videos from fans. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Wanda Sykes, Tituss Burgess, Wilson Cruz, and Richard Brooks board Noah's Arc reunion episode," 2 July 2020 Web traffic has accelerated on independent sites like www.campusreel.org, which displays short, vetted videos submitted by students from 320 colleges, focusing on dorm life, tailgate parties, library study areas and cafeteria food. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "With Campuses Closed, College Tours Move Online," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tailgate party

1958, in the meaning defined above

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30 Oct 2020

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“Tailgate party.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailgate%20party. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tailgate party

US : a party in which people serve food and drinks from the back end of their vehicles usually in a parking lot before or after a major public event (such as a football game, a concert, etc.)

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