[pahr-tee] /ˈpɑr ti/

noun, plural parties.
a social gathering, as of invited guests at a private home, for conversation, refreshments, entertainment, etc.:
a cocktail party.
a group gathered for a special purpose or task:
a fishing party; a search party.
a detachment, squad, or detail of troops assigned to perform some particular mission or service.
a group of persons with common purposes or opinions who support one side of a dispute, question, debate, etc.
a group of persons with common political opinions and purposes organized for gaining political influence and governmental control and for directing government policy:
the Republican Party; the Democratic Party.
the system of taking sides on public or political questions or the like.
attachment or devotion to one side or faction; partisanship:
to put considerations of party first.

a person or group that participates in some action, affair, plan, etc.; participant:
He was a party to the merger deal.
the person under consideration; a specific individual:
Look at the party in the green velvet shorts.
a person or, usually, two or more persons together patronizing a restaurant, attending a social or cultural function, etc.:
The headwaiter asked how many were in our party; a party of 12 French physicists touring the labs; a party of one at the small table.
a person participating in a telephone conversation:
I have your party on the line.
any occasion or activity likened to a social party, as specified; session:
The couple in the next apartment are having their usual dish-throwing party.
an advantageous or pleasurable situation or combination of circumstances of some duration and often of questionable character; period of content, license, exemption, etc.:
The police broke in and suddenly the party was over for the nation’s most notorious gunman.
of or relating to a party or faction; partisan:
party leaders.
of or for a social gathering:
her new party dress.
being shared by or pertaining to two or more persons or things.
Heraldry. (of an escutcheon) having the field divided into a number of parts, usually two; parted.
verb (used without object), partied, partying. Informal.
to go to or give parties, especially a series of parties.
to enjoy oneself thoroughly and without restraint; indulge in pleasure.
noun (pl) -ties

a group of people associated in some activity: a rescue party

the practice of taking sides on public issues
a person, esp one who participates in some activity such as entering into a contract
the person or persons taking part in legal proceedings, such as plaintiff or prosecutor: a party to the action
(informal, jocular) a person: he’s an odd old party
come to the party, to take part or become involved
verb (intransitive) -ties, -tying, -tied
(informal) to celebrate; revel
(heraldry) (of a shield) divided vertically into two colours, metals, or furs

late 13c., “part, portion, side,” from Old French partie “side, part; portion, share; separation, division” (12c.), literally “that which is divided,” noun use of fem. past participle of partir “to divide” (see part (v.)). Political sense of “side in a contest or dispute” evolved by 1300; meaning “a person” is from mid-15c. Sense of “gathering for social pleasure” is first found 1716, from general sense of persons gathered together (originally for some specific purpose, e.g. dinner party, hunting party). Phrase the party is over is from 1937; party line is first recorded 1834 in the sense of “policy adopted by a political party,” 1893 in the sense of “telephone line shared by two or more subscribers.” Party pooper is from 1951, American English.

“have a good time,” 1922, from party (n.). Earlier as “to take the side of” (1630s). Related: Partied; partying.



(also partay)Togotoor give parties; be energetically social; live it up, make whoopee: You don’t party with the right people, kiss your ass good-bye (1922+)

Related Terms

cold-meat party, gi party, have a party, hen party, kick party, necktie party, pop party, pot party, stag, tailgate party
In addition to the idioms beginning with party party line


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