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

    ‘the party's conservative mainstream’
    • ‘The rally was organized by a newly powerful coalition of fundamentalist religious parties.’
    • ‘It broke a 40-year monopoly of the two openly capitalist parties over working class politics.’
    • ‘We should be able to build a broad movement which is not the product of a single party, or its plaything.’
    • ‘The Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are contesting every seat.’
    • ‘At election times the party is dependent on resources and activists from unions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 new structure should operate under the jurisdiction of the Finance Ministry, the party said.’
    • ‘To win elections, politicians and parties wage costly campaigns.’
    • ‘One is simply covering the events that happened, the campaign activities of the parties.’
    • ‘In the following year, the ruling and opposition parties formed a coalition government.’
    • ‘Across the entire party there is agreement - Labour has no chance of adding to its 50 seats.’
    • ‘All constitutional parties opposed to the pact were unionist, and they had no such difficulty in uniting.’
    • ‘The prime minister could also seek smaller religious parties to bolster his coalition.’
    • ‘If the ruling party doesn't perform well, the opposition can offer a viable alternative.’
    • ‘Each ballot paper has a list of all registered political parties contesting the elections.’
    • ‘It is a party of working people against the Republican Party of corporations and wealth.’
    faction, political party, group, grouping, side, alliance, affiliation, association, coalition, movement, cabal, junta, bloc, camp, set, caucus, sect
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    1. 2.1A group of people taking part in a particular activity or trip, especially one for which they have been chosen.
      ‘the fishing party’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moving forward to the game's present day, you'll get to meet the three characters who form your party.’
      • ‘After an unsuccessful trip his hunting party bought him a bear cub to shoot.’
      • ‘Private parties can book for trips along the coastline or upriver to Waterford.’
      • ‘There were 35 people on the tour and trouble flared when some of the party got drunk and started smashing doors and a bed.’
  • 3A person or people forming one side in an agreement or dispute.

    ‘a contract between two parties’
    • ‘Tensions rose when there was a perception among people that the two parties were not working well together.’
    • ‘I found the agreement eminently sensible, safeguarding the interests of parties on both sides, and so I readily acceded.’
    • ‘She accused both parties in the dispute of losing sight of the fact that the people who were suffering most were the students.’
    • ‘So you know the phone lines between the two parties were burning up last weekend.’
    • ‘We would like to hear the views of parents and all other interested parties on this very important issue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We consider a lease to be a private contractual agreement between two parties.’
    • ‘Conciliation officers will seek to resolve disputes by agreement between the parties.’
    • ‘As you can see, there are no answers here, and the battle lines drawn by both parties are still being fought today.’
    • ‘Attendance will be by invitation from the agency to organisations, interested parties, transport and public groups.’
    • ‘Educational activities that benefit all parties are not impossible, but difficult, to attain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The UN, the United States, Europe, and other interested parties urgently need to move the process along.’
    • ‘That is why the council is presently consulting with all interested parties about what people want from a new building.’
    • ‘All parties agree that the old legislation is not working and that something better is required.’
    • ‘This will delay the much needed reforms as the various parties dispute their respective responsibilities and the subject fades from public memory.’
    • ‘In such cases, resort to binding adjudication will require the agreement of all parties to the dispute.’
    • ‘These were mutually exclusive areas of medical activity, as the parties agreed.’
    • ‘But both parties are confident an agreement can be reached.’
    litigant, plaintiff, defendant
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    1. 3.1informal A person, especially one with specified characteristics.
      ‘will you help the party on line 2?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seems it all began when an interested party dropped him a line in response to the story.’

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!’
    • ‘This is what it's like for most models; there simply isn't time or company to allow you to go out partying.’
    • ‘The real problem is that she's still partying as much as she did over the holidays.’
    • ‘I must be getting old, because the idea appeals way more than spending the night partying hard in some club.’
    • ‘She described her whole life as a big mess and said that she loves partying.’
    • ‘They are said to be working out every morning in a London park and are under orders to stop partying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone old and young brought their own food and drink and partied through to the early hours of the morning in the village square.’
    • ‘Some people just come for a drink, but still, the majority have come from partying.’
    • ‘A large number of family and friends attended a great night of music, food and fun, and partied well into the wee hours.’
    • ‘After cleaning himself up, said Mr Watts-Jones, Mr Cook went out to continue partying.’
    • ‘We partied into the night with live music at a neighborhood restaurant.’
    • ‘For at least a small section of urbanites, cigars have become associated with partying.’
    • ‘Accordingly, she partied, had romances, travelled and otherwise enjoyed herself.’
    • ‘Maybe it's because we just like music and dancing and partying and having a good time.’
    • ‘I love partying in a safe and secure environment and don't mind spending the cash.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three years later he was partying with friends in London and decided to scale the wall of his bed and breakfast.’
    celebrate, have fun, enjoy oneself, have a party, have a good time, have a wild time, rave it up, carouse, make merry
    go out on the town, paint the town red, whoop it up, let one's hair down, make whoopee, have a night on the tiles, live it up, have a ball, go on a bender, push the boat out, go on a spree
    jol
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

party

/ˈpärdē/

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 particolored): from Old French parti parted based on Latin partitus divided into parts (from the verb partiri).

Pronunciation:

party

/ˈpärdē/