One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A feeling of support and solidarity for the group, faction, or political party of which a person is a member or adherent.
2An atmosphere of celebration; a festive mood.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Daniel Defoe (?1660–1731), writer and businessman. From party + spirit.
party spirit/ˌpɑːti ˈspɪrɪt/
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