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Meaning of party by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈpɑː.ti/, X-SAMPA: /"pA:.ti/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈpɑɹ.ti/, X-SAMPA: /"pAr.ti/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( r )ti
    • Hyphenation: par‧ty

    Etymology 1

    From Anglo-Norman partie, Old French partie, from Medieval Latin partita ( “a part, party” ), from Latin partita, feminine of partitus, past participle of partiri ( “to divide” ); see part .

    A birthday party ( def. 6 ) for a child


    party ( plural: parties )

    1. ( law ) A person or group of people constituting a particular side in a contract or legal action .
      The contract requires that the party of the first part pay the fee .
    2. With to: an accessory, someone who takes part .
      I can't possibly be a party to that kind of reckless behaviour .
    3. ( now rare in general sense ) A group of people forming one side in a given dispute, contest etc.
    4. A political group considered as a formal whole, united under one specific political platform of issues and campaigning to take part in government .
      The green party took 12% of the vote .
    5. ( military ) A discrete detachment of troops, especially for a particular purpose .
      The settlers were attacked early next morning by a scouting party .
    6. A social gathering for entertainment and fun .
      I'm throwing a huge party for my 21st birthday .
    7. A group of people traveling or attending an event together, or participating in the same activity .
      We're expecting a large party from the London office .
    8. ( gaming, online gaming ) Active player characters organized into a single group .
    9. ( video games ) Group of characters controlled by the player .
    10. ( obsolete ) A part or division.
    11. A gathering of acquaintances so that one of them may offer items for sale to the rest of them .
      Tupperware party
      lingerie party

    ( social gathering ):

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    party ( third-person singular simple present parties present participle partying, simple past and past participle partied )

    1. ( intransitive ) To celebrate at a party, to have fun, to enjoy oneself .
      We partied until the early hours .
    2. ( intransitive, slang, euphemistic ) To take recreational drugs.
    3. ( gaming, online gaming, intransitive ) To form a party ( with ) .
      If you want to beat that monster, you should party with a healer .
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    Etymology 2

    From Middle English, from Old French parti ( “parted” ), from Latin partītus ( “parted” ), past participle of partiri ( “to divide” ). More at part .


    party ( not comparable )

    1. ( obsolete, except in compounds ) Divided; in part .
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    party ( not comparable )

    1. ( obsolete ) Partly .
      ( Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry? )

    External links

    • party in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • party in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of party by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. have or participate in a party

    2. The students were partying all night before the exam
    1. an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment

    2. he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day
    3. a group of people gathered together for pleasure

    4. she joined the party after dinner
    5. an organization to gain political power

    6. in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level
    7. a band of people associated temporarily in some activity

    8. they organized a party to search for food
    9. a person involved in legal proceedings

    10. the party of the first part

    Definition of party by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Party ( pärt ), n.; pl. Parties ( pärtĭz ). [F. parti and partie, fr. F. partir to part, divide, L. partire, partiri. See Part, v.]
      1. A part or portion. [Obs.] “The most party of the time.” Chaucer.

      2. A number of persons united in opinion or action, as distinguished from, or opposed to, the rest of a community or association; esp., one of the parts into which a people is divided on questions of public policy.

      Win the noble Brutus to our party. Shak.

      The peace both parties want is like to last. Dryden.

      3. A part of a larger body of company; a detachment; especially ( Mil. ), a small body of troops dispatched on special service.

      4. A number of persons invited to a social entertainment; a select company; as, “a dinner party”; also, the entertainment itself; as, “to give a party”.

      5. One concerned or interested in an affair; one who takes part with others; a participator; as, “he was a party to the plot; a party to the contract.”

      6. The plaintiff or the defendant in a lawsuit, whether an individual, a firm, or corporation; a litigant.

      The cause of both parties shall come before the judges. Ex. xxii. 9.

      7. Hence, any certain person who is regarded as being opposed or antagonistic to another.

      If the jury found that the party slain was of English race, it had been adjudged felony. Sir J. Davies.

      8. Cause; side; interest.

      Have you nothing said

      Upon this Party 'gainst the Duke of Albany? Shak.

      9. A person; as, “he is a queer party”. [Now accounted a vulgarism.]

      “For several generations, our ancestors largely employed party for person; but this use of the word, when it appeared to be reviving, happened to strike, more particularly, the fancy of the vulgar; and the consequence has been, that the polite have chosen to leave it in their undisputed possession.”
      Fitzed. Hall.

      Party jury ( Law ), a jury composed of different parties, as one which is half natives and half foreigners. -- Party man, a partisan. Swift. -- Party spirit, a factious and unreasonable temper, not uncommonly shown by party men. Whately. -- Party verdict, a joint verdict. Shak. -- Party wall. ( Arch. ) A wall built upon the dividing line between two adjoining properties, usually having half its thickness on each property. ( Law ) A wall that separates adjoining houses, as in a block or row.

    2. Party, a. [F. parti divided, fr. partir to divide. See Part, v., and cf. Partite.]
      1. ( Her. ) Parted or divided, as in the direction or form of one of the ordinaries; as, “an escutcheon party per pale”.

      2. Partial; favoring one party; partisan.

      I will be true judge, and not party. Chaucer.

      Charter party. See under Charter.

    3. Party, adv. Partly. [Obs.] Chaucer.