Definition of third party in US English:

third party


  • 1A person or group besides the two primarily involved in a situation, especially a dispute.

    • ‘The other issue, the third issue, is whether the applicants in the Family Court can join third parties as respondents.’
    • ‘Where the third party participates in the Crown Court hearing the likelihood is that he or she will be making common cause with the defendant.’
    • ‘What I wanted to ask you was, was there any possibility of a third party being involved in the dismemberment?’
    • ‘It was also held that this damage caused by independent third parties was reasonably foreseeable.’
    • ‘The Bill, which would apply retrospectively, allows for the recovery of assets transferred to third parties if the bankrupt continues to draw a benefit from that asset.’
    • ‘The best way to prevent such abuse would be to prohibit any third party from paying for trips, period.’
    • ‘Furthermore there are other difficulties when the position of third parties is involved.’
    • ‘It is clear from the notice and the case that what was sought to be adduced by the policemen in the witness box was evidence of complaints made by third parties to the police.’
    • ‘Opinions expressed are those of the individuals stating them, who should not be construed as representing any groups, organizations or third parties.’
    • ‘In these circumstances, the asset given as security belongs to the defendant, not a third party.’
    • ‘Because there is no arbitrary third party, or court system with the backing of an enforcement agency, laws may be broken with impunity.’
    • ‘Legislation means a third party will come in and tell these two parties that they can't do a transaction that they both see benefit in.’
    • ‘They have also suggested other initiatives to protect and enhance the Golden Plover habitats, but these would involve third parties playing an active role.’
    • ‘Here there is no need for a third party to have become involved.’
    • ‘Once the information is legitimately in the hands of third parties, should those third parties advise the banks if loss or theft of data occurs?’
    • ‘We have no confidence that decisions made by you will be made in a fair and reasonable manner and believe that your decisions should be reviewed by an independent third party.’
    • ‘I do not share your information with any third party inside or outside of my organization.’
    • ‘One can think of many examples of things which are close to parenting but involve third parties.’
    • ‘For companies who have secured a speaker slot at an event organised by a third party, these events have the added attraction of being extremely low-cost.’
    • ‘Even the allegations of assault against third parties stemmed from the respondent's anger and jealousy over the applicant's relationship with another woman.’
    1. 1.1US A political party organized as an alternative to the major parties in a two-party system.
      • ‘The fortunes of the third party in British politics after 1924 may be seen in terms of three phases.’
      • ‘With a stronger third party, the winning party is now more likely to get percentages of the popular vote in the lower 40s or upper 30s.’
      • ‘Look to third party candidates or create a party that will strive to defend the American worker.’
      • ‘The Lib Dems are, in some people's view, in an enviable position as the third party in British politics.’
      • ‘Buckingham said he really picked a third party because of his dissatisfaction with the two-party system.’
      • ‘Also, the Electoral College helps maintain a two-party system, by discouraging third parties with the winner-take-all principle.’
      • ‘So our only hope is to support fringe third parties like the Libertarian Party.’
      • ‘He is the nominee of a small third party called the Constitution Party.’
      • ‘It is, if you will, a conspiracy by the two parties to keep third parties out of the presidential debates.’
      • ‘Existing laws made it nearly impossible for third parties and alternative, highly respectable voices to emerge.’
      • ‘After all, it might be argued, many of the major changes in the two party system historically have come from third parties that articulated a more coherent worldview.’
      • ‘Whatever happened to the idea of third party politics?’
      • ‘Given your sense of the deep-seated unhappiness amongst many Americans of the state of their American political system, why do the third parties still continue to stumble?’
      • ‘Normally the purpose of a third party is to provide a wake-up call to the major parties.’
      • ‘It is New York's third party, the Conservative Party, that provides the best hope here.’
      • ‘We'll talk with three journalists about the media's coverage of third party candidates next.’
      • ‘Green, Libertarian, Reform and Independence are only a few of the better-known names among the dozens of nationally recognized political third parties.’
      • ‘As governor, he was in a good position to rejuvenate third party politics in this country in 2004.’
      • ‘I think the American people have never been more willing to walk away from the two parties and take a look at a third party.’
      • ‘People with strong views have often gone off after the mirage of a more ideologically pure third party.’


  • attributive Relating to a person or group besides the two primarily involved in a situation.

    ‘third-party suppliers’
    • ‘He signed an album deal with the record company, but decided against hiring a producer and third-party studio for recording.’
    • ‘There is no disinterested third-party witness to say who is telling the truth and who is lying.’
    • ‘Should clients be informed of work performed by third-party service providers?’
    • ‘Production will be shifted to a third-party supplier, while the plant will be wound down and left with less than 30 staff.’
    • ‘The company currently employs 8000 people, around 4000 of them third-party contractors.’
    • ‘It seems reasonable to infer that possible third-party investment has been investigated thoroughly.’
    • ‘At this point, they won't even agree to a third-party investigation.’
    • ‘Is it then unethical for the company to sell on information about its customers to third-party companies?’
    • ‘Many e-commerce websites use online shopping carts provided by third-party suppliers.’
    • ‘Participating suppliers must submit to third-party audits and disclose energy sources to consumers.’
    • ‘This is why they work hard to convince people not to buy third-party ink cartridges.’
    • ‘Smith has been separated from her husband for three years and friends have insisted there was no third-party involvement at the time of the separation.’
    • ‘I have found a third-party accountant who is able to meet with both of us and go over the books.’
    • ‘Lenders have recourse to an independent third-party review committee.’
    • ‘These loans are issued by the federal government, instead of through a third-party lender.’
    • ‘The two big business parties come close to criminalizing third-party candidates and those who support them.’
    • ‘They come either from your own organisation or through some third party consultancy.’
    • ‘We could have standardized and commoditized it, and sold it to third-party investment advisers.’
    • ‘The cameras are monitored either by family members or by third party organizations.’
    • ‘Investors need a third-party perspective before making a decision.’


third party

/ˈˌTHər(d) ˈpärdē//ˈˌθər(d) ˈpɑrdi/