Main definitions of party in English

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noun

  • 1A social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment.

    ‘an engagement party’
    • ‘Companies that are no longer in business spent millions on parties and promotions still spoken of in tones of disbelief and nostalgia.’
    • ‘Day patients have been celebrating the festive season all week with special parties and entertainment.’
    • ‘A buffet of finger foods is the perfect way to serve guests at an anniversary party or wedding reception.’
    • ‘This was given out to guests at the party, but a few bottles were held back and autographed by the whole team.’
    • ‘To carry on with the theme of the party, let each guest make a list of seeds she would like to order.’
    • ‘The hotel staff encourages the use of this area for social gatherings and parties.’
    • ‘I cried for every birthday when no matter how many I invited to his party, no-one showed up.’
    • ‘In the past, the youths usually ended the parade with a party, where they drank traditional liquor.’
    • ‘Ana and I had discussed before the party what kind of drink we would be consuming.’
    • ‘As the week turns to weekend, teenagers rush to the bottle shops to buy their drinks for the parties ahead.’
    • ‘It was a common drink, brewed by 18th century farm owners at family parties and other social events.’
    • ‘She is looking up at the group and beaming at them, like someone at a drinks party who is hovering on the edge of a conversation in the hope of being included.’
    • ‘Other activities include a party to celebrate the club's first anniversary.’
    • ‘A week ago on Saturday, my brother broke his toe while drunk at a party at my house.’
    • ‘Sometimes, caterers serving at parties and social gatherings order large quantities.’
    • ‘It seemed that there was always something to do, be it orientation activities or residence parties.’
    • ‘During the weeks preceding my graduation from high school several people threw parties for the senior class.’
    • ‘Avoid having many long holiday gatherings and parties with large numbers of guests.’
    • ‘Upstairs, the walls are decorated with photos of smiling people at parties and on camping trips.’
    • ‘This is the first time I've done a summer holiday event, I usually do school parties and trips.’
    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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  • 2A formally constituted political group that contests elections and attempts to form or take part in a government.

    ‘draft the party's election manifesto’
    • ‘The prime minister could also seek smaller religious parties to bolster his coalition.’
    • ‘One is simply covering the events that happened, the campaign activities of the parties.’
    • ‘At election times the party is dependent on resources and activists from unions.’
    • ‘Both the ruling and opposition parties suspended all campaign activities in the wake of the shooting incident.’
    • ‘Across the entire party there is agreement - Labour has no chance of adding to its 50 seats.’
    • ‘It is a party of working people against the Republican Party of corporations and wealth.’
    • ‘No wonder there is growing disillusionment with all mainstream parties and politicians across Europe.’
    • ‘He remained respected in the party, in whose activities he took a close interest.’
    • ‘To win elections, politicians and parties wage costly campaigns.’
    • ‘The Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are contesting every seat.’
    • ‘It broke a 40-year monopoly of the two openly capitalist parties over working class politics.’
    • ‘Each ballot paper has a list of all registered political parties contesting the elections.’
    • ‘We should be able to build a broad movement which is not the product of a single party, or its plaything.’
    • ‘He promised to prepare the ground within his party, but his departure has exposed the fact that he did nothing to deliver on that promise.’
    • ‘The rally was organized by a newly powerful coalition of fundamentalist religious parties.’
    • ‘If the ruling party doesn't perform well, the opposition can offer a viable alternative.’
    • ‘There was no attempt made by other parties to debate the issue.’
    • ‘All constitutional parties opposed to the pact were unionist, and they had no such difficulty in uniting.’
    • ‘In the following year, the ruling and opposition parties formed a coalition government.’
    • ‘The new structure should operate under the jurisdiction of the Finance Ministry, the party said.’
    faction, political party, group, grouping, side, alliance, affiliation, association, coalition, movement, cabal, junta, bloc, camp, set, caucus, sect
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    1. 2.1 A group of people taking part in a particular activity or trip.
      ‘the visiting party will be asked to conform to safety procedures whilst on site’
      • ‘Moving forward to the game's present day, you'll get to meet the three characters who form your party.’
      • ‘There were 35 people on the tour and trouble flared when some of the party got drunk and started smashing doors and a bed.’
      • ‘Private parties can book for trips along the coastline or upriver to Waterford.’
      • ‘After an unsuccessful trip his hunting party bought him a bear cub to shoot.’
      • ‘The most organised person in our party had brought a torch, but we also had our own guide to help us find our way home.’
      group, company, body, gang, band, crowd, pack, contingent
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  • 3A person or people forming one side in an agreement or dispute.

    ‘a contract between two parties’
    • ‘That is why the council is presently consulting with all interested parties about what people want from a new building.’
    • ‘Tensions rose when there was a perception among people that the two parties were not working well together.’
    • ‘The warring parties signed a ceasefire agreement on April 8 to would allow humanitarian agencies into the area.’
    • ‘This will delay the much needed reforms as the various parties dispute their respective responsibilities and the subject fades from public memory.’
    • ‘She accused both parties in the dispute of losing sight of the fact that the people who were suffering most were the students.’
    • ‘In such cases, resort to binding adjudication will require the agreement of all parties to the dispute.’
    • ‘So you know the phone lines between the two parties were burning up last weekend.’
    • ‘I found the agreement eminently sensible, safeguarding the interests of parties on both sides, and so I readily acceded.’
    • ‘All parties agree that the old legislation is not working and that something better is required.’
    • ‘Conciliation officers will seek to resolve disputes by agreement between the parties.’
    • ‘We would like to hear the views of parents and all other interested parties on this very important issue.’
    • ‘As you can see, there are no answers here, and the battle lines drawn by both parties are still being fought today.’
    • ‘But both parties are confident an agreement can be reached.’
    • ‘Attendance will be by invitation from the agency to organisations, interested parties, transport and public groups.’
    • ‘We consider a lease to be a private contractual agreement between two parties.’
    • ‘Educational activities that benefit all parties are not impossible, but difficult, to attain.’
    • ‘The UN, the United States, Europe, and other interested parties urgently need to move the process along.’
    • ‘There was an agreement between the parties under which the defendants would market Mr Brawley's development.’
    • ‘It is very important to understand that the only settlement that will survive has to be one that the parties of the dispute can agree to.’
    • ‘These were mutually exclusive areas of medical activity, as the parties agreed.’
    litigant, plaintiff, defendant
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    1. 3.1informal A person, especially one with specified characteristics.
      ‘an old party has been coming in to clean’
      • ‘The party on the line evidently had no idea what has happened, and said that he'll look into it.’
      • ‘Seems it all began when an interested party dropped him a line in response to the story.’
      • ‘A large proportion of money laundering activities involve innocent parties who are just doing their daily job unaware of their role in a crime.’
      person, individual, human being, somebody, someone
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verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Enjoy oneself at a party or other lively gathering, typically with drinking and music.

    ‘put on your glad rags and party!’
    • ‘Some people just come for a drink, but still, the majority have come from partying.’
    • ‘The real problem is that she's still partying as much as she did over the holidays.’
    • ‘They are said to be working out every morning in a London park and are under orders to stop partying.’
    • ‘A large number of family and friends attended a great night of music, food and fun, and partied well into the wee hours.’
    • ‘I love partying in a safe and secure environment and don't mind spending the cash.’
    • ‘This is what it's like for most models; there simply isn't time or company to allow you to go out partying.’
    • ‘We partied into the night with live music at a neighborhood restaurant.’
    • ‘Everyone old and young brought their own food and drink and partied through to the early hours of the morning in the village square.’
    • ‘Maybe it's because we just like music and dancing and partying and having a good time.’
    • ‘Three years later he was partying with friends in London and decided to scale the wall of his bed and breakfast.’
    • ‘I must be getting old, because the idea appeals way more than spending the night partying hard in some club.’
    • ‘For at least a small section of urbanites, cigars have become associated with partying.’
    • ‘After cleaning himself up, said Mr Watts-Jones, Mr Cook went out to continue partying.’
    • ‘That's not to say that I'm little miss meek and mild when it comes to partying with the professionals.’
    • ‘The team had been partying hard all night and several were the worse for wear.’
    • ‘After dinner with multiple bottles of wine they decided to go partying.’
    • ‘Oh, it's been a jolly time, all those years laughing and talking and partying with Steve.’
    • ‘By the time college came around you'd developed a healthy appetite for pints and partying.’
    • ‘She described her whole life as a big mess and said that she loves partying.’
    • ‘Accordingly, she partied, had romances, travelled and otherwise enjoyed herself.’
    celebrate, have fun, enjoy oneself, have a party, have a good time, have a wild time, rave it up, carouse, make merry
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Phrases

  • be (or come) late to the party

    • informal Become aware of or get involved in something long after others.

      ‘I didn't get into Nirvana until after MTV Unplugged came out—I'm always late to the party’
      ‘though they have come late to the party, their cloud storage solution seems to be catching up’
      • ‘Coming late to the party doesn't mean settling for leftovers.’
      • ‘Once again, popular journalism is late to the party.’
      • ‘I came late to the party; this film is the last anyone will get to see of Inspector Morse.’
      • ‘Larry came late to the party, so he didn't see the genesis of these policies and practices.’
      • ‘In fact, they are late to the party for dual-core processors.’
      • ‘I was late to the party and I missed the first five years of Mitch's work, but he's been a key influence to this feature for the last four years.’
      • ‘The computer giant is seeking to play catch-up in a market where it admits it has been late to the party.’
      • ‘Always late to the party but sure it's a good one when I get there, I've done two things I should have done a while ago.’
      • ‘It's a good idea, but the manufacturer has come late to the party.’
      • ‘Never one to come late to the party, the company has finally joined the other throngs in the wireless market.’
  • be party (or a party) to

    • Be involved in.

      ‘he was party to some very shady deals’
      • ‘‘I have been taken aback by the scale, even after all I've been party to in the game,’ he admits.’
      • ‘Mr Wilson obviously has other plans that I have not been party to therefore we will have to look elsewhere to invest.’
      • ‘Australia is a party to all the major human rights treaties and we should take them seriously, insisting that all laws and practices, state, territorial or federal, comply with them.’
      • ‘That is not an example that my party and other parties want to be party to at all.’
      • ‘The Government is party to more than 1000 bankruptcy cases.’
      • ‘Mother Teresa once recounted an incident she was party to in London.’
      • ‘One wonders, too, if he was a party to, participant indeed in, the villainies of Thomas J. Wise?’
      • ‘And they actively participate in these pleasures - pleasures that I haven't been party to for years.’
      • ‘That is why it is party to more international disarmament treaties than almost any other country in the region.’
      • ‘Yes because they were party to what has turned out to be open, active aggression against a third country that in no way was a threat to them and of course their reasons for going in have proved to be absolutely baseless.’
      get involved in, get involved with, be associated with, concern oneself in, involve oneself in, be a participant in, touch, handle
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  • bring something to the party

Origin

Middle English (denoting a body of people united in opposition to others, also in party (sense 2 of the noun)): from Old French partie, based on Latin partiri ‘divide into parts’. party (sense 1 of the noun) dates from the early 18th century.

Pronunciation

party

/ˈpɑːti/

Main definitions of party in English

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adjective

Heraldry
  • Divided into parts of different tinctures.

    ‘party per fess, or, and azure’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘particoloured’): from Old French parti ‘parted’, based on Latin partitus ‘divided into parts’ (from the verb partiri).

Pronunciation

party

/ˈpɑːti/