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)

Examples of tailgate party in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three fraternities at the University of Central Florida have been put on an interim suspension following a brawl at a homecoming tailgate party last weekend. orlandosentinel.com, 12 Nov. 2021 On the third floor of the Leonardo Museum, Green Mountain Grills is sponsoring a tailgate party! The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 There will be a pregame tailgate party before the varsity football game on Friday. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, 18 Oct. 2021 The Bay Village Historical Society is kicking off the football season with a tailgate party Sept. 16 at Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Road. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 And over in front of Comerica Park, a group of people set up another tailgate party under a tent. Jasmin Barmore, Detroit Free Press, 12 Sep. 2021 Tertiary events include a golf outing featuring dignitaries and celebrities; a Classic college fair; a step show; tailgate party, and funfest with entertainment, food trucks and drumlines. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 Mar. 2021 Given that on-site parking is within the gates, fans can literally take the tailgate party into the event. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2021 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill: available at Amazon Perfect size to take to a tailgate party or to use on a small patio. Kyle Schurman, chicagotribune.com, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tailgate party

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Tailgate party.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailgate%20party. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tailgate party

: 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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