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’
    • ‘During the weeks preceding my graduation from high school several people threw parties for the senior class.’
    • ‘It seemed that there was always something to do, be it orientation activities or residence parties.’
    • ‘Day patients have been celebrating the festive season all week with special parties and entertainment.’
    • ‘It was a common drink, brewed by 18th century farm owners at family parties and other social events.’
    • ‘A buffet of finger foods is the perfect way to serve guests at an anniversary party or wedding reception.’
    • ‘Sometimes, caterers serving at parties and social gatherings order large quantities.’
    • ‘This is the first time I've done a summer holiday event, I usually do school parties and trips.’
    • ‘As the week turns to weekend, teenagers rush to the bottle shops to buy their drinks for the parties ahead.’
    • ‘Avoid having many long holiday gatherings and parties with large numbers of guests.’
    • ‘The hotel staff encourages the use of this area for social gatherings and parties.’
    • ‘A week ago on Saturday, my brother broke his toe while drunk at a party at my house.’
    • ‘Ana and I had discussed before the party what kind of drink we would be consuming.’
    • ‘Companies that are no longer in business spent millions on parties and promotions still spoken of in tones of disbelief and nostalgia.’
    • ‘I cried for every birthday when no matter how many I invited to his party, no-one showed up.’
    • ‘To carry on with the theme of the party, let each guest make a list of seeds she would like to order.’
    • ‘This was given out to guests at the party, but a few bottles were held back and autographed by the whole team.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the past, the youths usually ended the parade with a party, where they drank traditional liquor.’
    • ‘Upstairs, the walls are decorated with photos of smiling people at parties and on camping 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.’
    • ‘He remained respected in the party, in whose activities he took a close interest.’
    • ‘No wonder there is growing disillusionment with all mainstream parties and politicians across Europe.’
    • ‘To win elections, politicians and parties wage costly campaigns.’
    • ‘It is a party of working people against the Republican Party of corporations and wealth.’
    • ‘At election times the party is dependent on resources and activists from unions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All constitutional parties opposed to the pact were unionist, and they had no such difficulty in uniting.’
    • ‘Across the entire party there is agreement - Labour has no chance of adding to its 50 seats.’
    • ‘The rally was organized by a newly powerful coalition of fundamentalist religious parties.’
    • ‘One is simply covering the events that happened, the campaign activities of the parties.’
    • ‘We should be able to build a broad movement which is not the product of a single party, or its plaything.’
    • ‘There was no attempt made by other parties to debate the issue.’
    • ‘Both the ruling and opposition parties suspended all campaign activities in the wake of the shooting incident.’
    • ‘The Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are contesting every seat.’
    • ‘In the following year, the ruling and opposition parties formed a coalition government.’
    • ‘If the ruling party doesn't perform well, the opposition can offer a viable alternative.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘After an unsuccessful trip his hunting party bought him a bear cub to shoot.’
      • ‘Moving forward to the game's present day, you'll get to meet the three characters who form your party.’
      • ‘Private parties can book for trips along the coastline or upriver to Waterford.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There were 35 people on the tour and trouble flared when some of the party got drunk and started smashing doors and a bed.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tensions rose when there was a perception among people that the two parties were not working well together.’
    • ‘All parties agree that the old legislation is not working and that something better is required.’
    • ‘That is why the council is presently consulting with all interested parties about what people want from a new building.’
    • ‘As you can see, there are no answers here, and the battle lines drawn by both parties are still being fought today.’
    • ‘In such cases, resort to binding adjudication will require the agreement of all parties to the dispute.’
    • ‘She accused both parties in the dispute of losing sight of the fact that the people who were suffering most were the students.’
    • ‘Educational activities that benefit all parties are not impossible, but difficult, to attain.’
    • ‘I found the agreement eminently sensible, safeguarding the interests of parties on both sides, and so I readily acceded.’
    • ‘Attendance will be by invitation from the agency to organisations, interested parties, transport and public groups.’
    • ‘Conciliation officers will seek to resolve disputes by agreement between the parties.’
    • ‘There was an agreement between the parties under which the defendants would market Mr Brawley's development.’
    • ‘The warring parties signed a ceasefire agreement on April 8 to would allow humanitarian agencies into the area.’
    • ‘We consider a lease to be a private contractual agreement between two parties.’
    • ‘This will delay the much needed reforms as the various parties dispute their respective responsibilities and the subject fades from public memory.’
    • ‘So you know the phone lines between the two parties were burning up last weekend.’
    • ‘But both parties are confident an agreement can be reached.’
    • ‘These were mutually exclusive areas of medical activity, as the parties agreed.’
    • ‘We would like to hear the views of parents and all other interested parties on this very important issue.’
    • ‘The UN, the United States, Europe, and other interested parties urgently need to move the process along.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The party on the line evidently had no idea what has happened, and said that he'll look into it.’
      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!’
    • ‘Accordingly, she partied, had romances, travelled and otherwise enjoyed herself.’
    • ‘By the time college came around you'd developed a healthy appetite for pints and partying.’
    • ‘Three years later he was partying with friends in London and decided to scale the wall of his bed and breakfast.’
    • ‘Oh, it's been a jolly time, all those years laughing and talking and partying with Steve.’
    • ‘Maybe it's because we just like music and dancing and partying and having a good time.’
    • ‘A large number of family and friends attended a great night of music, food and fun, and partied well into the wee hours.’
    • ‘This is what it's like for most models; there simply isn't time or company to allow you to go out partying.’
    • ‘The team had been partying hard all night and several were the worse for wear.’
    • ‘I must be getting old, because the idea appeals way more than spending the night partying hard in some club.’
    • ‘That's not to say that I'm little miss meek and mild when it comes to partying with the professionals.’
    • ‘After dinner with multiple bottles of wine they decided to go partying.’
    • ‘After cleaning himself up, said Mr Watts-Jones, Mr Cook went out to continue 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.’
    • ‘Some people just come for a drink, but still, the majority have come from partying.’
    • ‘Everyone old and young brought their own food and drink and partied through to the early hours of the morning in the village square.’
    • ‘I love partying in a safe and secure environment and don't mind spending the cash.’
    • ‘For at least a small section of urbanites, cigars have become associated with partying.’
    • ‘We partied into the night with live music at a neighborhood restaurant.’
    • ‘She described her whole life as a big mess and said that she loves partying.’
    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’
      • ‘Once again, popular journalism is late to the party.’
      • ‘The computer giant is seeking to play catch-up in a market where it admits it has been late to the party.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Coming late to the party doesn't mean settling for leftovers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, they are late to the party for dual-core processors.’
      • ‘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.’
  • be party (or a party) to

    • Be involved in.

      ‘he was party to some very shady deals’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And they actively participate in these pleasures - pleasures that I haven't been party to for years.’
      • ‘The Government is party to more than 1000 bankruptcy cases.’
      • ‘Mr Wilson obviously has other plans that I have not been party to therefore we will have to look elsewhere to invest.’
      • ‘That is why it is party to more international disarmament treaties than almost any other country in the region.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I have been taken aback by the scale, even after all I've been party to in the game,’ he admits.’
      • ‘That is not an example that my party and other parties want to be party to at all.’
      • ‘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?’
      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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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/