party

noun
par·​ty | \ ˈpär-tē How to pronounce party (audio) \
plural parties

Essential Meaning of party

1 : a social event in which entertainment, food, and drinks are provided We are having/giving/throwing a party. a high school dance party See More ExamplesWere you invited to her party? Our New Year's Eve party was a huge success. a dinner party a birthday/costume/farewell partyHide
2 : an organization of people who have similar political beliefs and ideas and who work to have their members elected to positions in the government political parties with opposing agendas the Democratic/Republican Party See More ExamplesThe senator is loyal to his party. the ruling party [=the party that is in power] party members/policy the party leaderHide
3 law : a person who is involved in a legal case or contract the two parties in the marriage contract the guilty party The parties in the lawsuit reached a settlement.

Full Definition of party

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person or group taking one side of a question, dispute, or contest The parties in the lawsuit reached an agreement.
2 : a group of persons organized for the purpose of directing the policies of a government political parties with opposing agendas
3 : a person or group participating in an action or affair a mountain-climbing party a party to the transaction
4 : a particular individual : person an old party approaching 80
5 : a detail of soldiers The infantry repulsed a landing party from the ship.
6 : a social gathering a dinner party a birthday party also : the entertainment provided for it

party

verb
partied; partying

Definition of party (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to attend or give parties broadly : revel sense 1

Other Words from party

Noun

party adjective

Verb

partyer or less commonly partier \ ˈpär-​tē-​ər How to pronounce party (audio) \ noun

Examples of party in a Sentence

Noun We are having a party. a high school dance party Were you invited to her party? Our New Year's Eve party was a huge success. political parties with opposing agendas The senator is loyal to his party. the two parties in the marriage contract The parties in the lawsuit reached a settlement. Verb He spent the weekend partying with his friends.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the bridal party piled into the shuttle bus to take pictures downtown, Zach’s phone rang. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 29 Nov. 2021 The main event starts when Christine walks into the party, and Heather tells her all of the ladies would like a word. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 29 Nov. 2021 All three positions are now held by Republicans, the same party that holds a majority of the Arkansas House and Senate seats. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 28 Nov. 2021 Democrats say the measures in the spending bill are enough to show the party won’t shy away from the immigration issue during next year’s midterms. Colleen Long And Will Seissert, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Nov. 2021 There was serious concern within the party that Democrats might flip the Texas House in 2020. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Nov. 2021 The alleged dispute began after four individuals — including Clarke and his girlfriend Jacqueline Brown — were asked to leave the party, per the D.A.'s Office. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 27 Nov. 2021 Hollywood stars traveled by train for the opening night party. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Nov. 2021 The mega-party touched off a passion in him for the bridge that's lasted for decades. CBS News, 27 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Whenever that's the situation, then people want to party and escape their everyday reality and have a moment. Katie Bain, Billboard, 20 Oct. 2021 Whether your main goal is to try authentic local cuisine, relax by the river, or just party your way across Mitte, Berlin is certain to have something incredible in store for all first-time visitors. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The man had worked earlier that year for Miami as a summer intern in its hockey camps and returned that November to party with friends. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 24 Sep. 2021 The Cougars badly wanted … no, had to have … this double-shot of happiness, that invitation to a P5 league and an invitation to party straight in the face of a rival that had inflicted more annual pain on them than any other opponent. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 In 1998, there was nobody on Earth who’d be more fun – or maybe more dangerous – to party with. Nasha Smith, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Some have decided against both getting vaccinated and wearing face masks, choosing instead to party without precautions at places like the Flora-Bama, a massive beachfront bar on the Alabama-Florida line. Arkansas Online, 20 Aug. 2021 In 1998, there was nobody on Earth who'd be more fun – or maybe more dangerous – to party with. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 31 Aug. 2021 In 1998, there was nobody on Earth who’d be more fun — or maybe more dangerous — to party with. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of party

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for party

Noun and Verb

Middle English partie part, party, from Anglo-French, from partir to divide — more at part

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The first known use of party was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for party

party

noun
par·​ty | \ ˈpär-tē How to pronounce party (audio) \
plural parties

Kids Definition of party

1 : a social gathering or the entertainment provided for it
2 : a person or group concerned in some action He's a party to the lawsuit. A search party was formed.
3 : a group of people who take one side of a question or share a set of beliefs a political party

party

noun
par·​ty
plural parties

Legal Definition of party

1a : one (as a person, group, or entity) constituting alone or with others one of the sides of a proceeding, transaction, or agreement the parties to a contract a person who signed the instrument as a party to the instrumentUniform Commercial Code
accommodated party
: a party to an instrument for whose benefit an accommodation party signs and incurs liability on the instrument : a party for whose benefit an accommodation is made
accommodation party
: a party who signs and thereby incurs liability on an instrument that is issued for value and given for the benefit of an accommodated party
secured party
: a party holding a security interest in another's property
third party
: a person other than the principals insurance against injury to a third party
b : one (as an individual, firm, or corporation) that constitutes the plaintiff or defendant in an action also : one so involved in the prosecution or defense of a judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding as to be bound or substantially affected by the decision or judgment therein
adverse party
: a party to an action who is on the opposing side specifically : a party to a finally decided action whose interests would be served by having the judgment upheld on appeal and who is entitled to notice of an appeal
aggrieved party
: a party with a legally recognized interest that is injuriously affected especially by an act of a judicial or quasi-judicial body and that confers standing to appeal

called also aggrieved person, party aggrieved

indispensable party
: a party whose rights are so connected with the claims being litigated in an action that no judgment can be rendered without affecting or impairing those rights, no complete disposition of the action can be made without the party's joinder, and whose nonjoinder will result in the dismissal of an action — compare necessary party in this entry

Note: Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 19 provides the courts with discretion in determining whether the absence of a party requires dismissal of an action, replacing an older and more rigid basis for determination. The rule states that “the court must determine whether, in equity and good conscience, the action should proceed among the existing parties or should be dismissed.”

innocent party
: a party having no fault in or responsibility for the situation for which judicial relief is sought : a party who comes into court with clean hands
necessary party
: a party whose interests are so connected with an action that he or she should be joined in order to fully determine the controversy but whose nonjoinder because of a valid excuse will not result in dismissal — compare indispensable party in this entry
nominal party
: a party who has no actual stake in the outcome of litigation and whose inclusion as a party is solely for the purpose of conforming with procedural rules
party aggrieved
: aggrieved party in this entry
party in interest
1 : a person whose rights are or will be affected by an action taken especially by a government or judicial body especially : a person whose pecuniary interests are affected by a bankruptcy proceeding
2 : real party in interest in this entry
proper party
: a party whose interests are likely to be affected by litigation and whose inclusion in the litigation is preferable but not essential
real party in interest
: a party who according to the applicable law is entitled to enforce the right that forms the basis of the claim regardless of who will actually benefit by the outcome

Note: Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 17(a) requires that “an action must be prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest.”

third party
1 : a person who is not a party to an action but who is or may be liable to the defendant in the action for all or part of the plaintiff's claim and against whom the defendant may bring a third-party complaint
2 : a person who is not a party to an action but who is or may be liable to the plaintiff in the action for all or part of a counterclaim and against whom the plaintiff may bring a third-party complaint — see also third-party complaint
2 : a group of persons usually sharing a set of political ideals who are organized for the purpose of directing the policies of a government

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