One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evening party or gathering, typically in a private house, for conversation or music.
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- ‘Catharina Green, chair of the Verwood Twinning Association, was delighted with the whole day, which included a soirée at the Seasons Restaurant in Moors Valley Country Park.’
- ‘And for those daring enough to risk a multilingual soirée, they'll be participating in a poetry reading on April 5.’
- ‘The Johannesburg Botanic Gardens also host several outdoor Sunday music soirées throughout the year.’
- ‘In elegant Georgian times, crinolined ladies were carried from their town houses to the season's grand balls and soirées in sedan chairs.’
- ‘Britain is going through a home cooking boom, according to a report by consumer analyst Datamonitor, with more than 313 million soirées at home every year.’
- ‘In the evenings, it sometime hosts soirées of live but low-key entertainment.’
- ‘The soirée begins at 8 p.m., and tickets (already half sold) cost $129.95.’
- ‘Wearing the most expensive clothing and showing up at the best soirées around the world - I find this lifestyle a bit empty.’
- ‘To celebrate, they're throwing a soirée featuring new films, live entertainment and dance-friendly DJs.’
- ‘He used to have amazing soirées where we would get together and perform all his favorite show tunes.’
- ‘Latching on to the fashion for musical soirées, Gerald invites his friends round to hear a visiting Czech pianist.’
- ‘Boat parties, beach parties and barbecues may be thwarted due to non-seasonal weather, but there are still plenty of soirées to attend inside, out of the way of rain and cold breezes.’
- ‘For a mere tenner, their romantic soirée unfolds in the gallery's intimate atmosphere, bathed in the sensual sounds of live jazz, and includes a glass of bubbly or port and a taste of the finest chocolate.’
- ‘The event is enhanced by film forums, panel discussions and soirées - this is an extremely well put together event, one that has gained a reputation for quality and enlightening entertainment since its inception a few years ago.’
- ‘In 1994, when I was in the European Youth orchestra, I started doing musical comedy soirées.’
- ‘He was throwing a little soirée for the band in his back garden.’
- ‘For six years the school has been offering these Sunday night park soirées for tango enthusiasts.’
- ‘In the suburbs, the middle class developed their own set of cultural institutions, of golf and tennis clubs, musical soirées and garden parties.’
- ‘Patient instructors teach the basic steps during the first half of the soirée, and for those whose feet are confident tangoing sans leçon, there's space to dance the night away.’
- ‘With a little help from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Soong and his stable of performers will be unveiling a soirée at Place des Arts that samples from three major works of yuet kahk.’
French, from soir ‘evening’.
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