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party definition

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This page has 32 definitions of party with English translations in 11 languages. Party is a noun, verb, an adjective, determiner and participle. Examples of how to use party in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Party, partý, and párty

English party definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English party, partye, partie, from Anglo-Norman partie, from Medieval Latin partīta (a part, party), from Latin partīta, feminine of partītus, past participle of partīrī (to divide); see part. Doublet of partita.

A birthday party (def. 6.1) for a child

Noun

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.
    • 1612, Sir John Davies, Discoverie of the True Causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued
      if the Jury had found that the party slain had been of English race and nation, it had been adjudged felony
  2. A person.
    1. (slang, dated) A person; an individual.
      He is a queer party.
      • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
        `These young parties have a way of looking at one, sir,' he would say apologetically, `which I don't call respectable.'
    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.
    • 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Ch.6:
      A mile back in the forest the tribe had heard the fierce challenge of the gorilla, and, as was his custom when any danger threatened, Kerchak called his people together, partly for mutual protection against a common enemy, since this gorilla might be but one of a party of several, and also to see that all members of the tribe were accounted for.
    1. (role-playing games, online gaming) Active player characters organized into a single group.
    2. (video games) A group of characters controlled by the player.
  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.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314:
      "A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. [] A strong man—a strong one; and a heedless." ¶ "Of what party is he?" she inquired, as though casually.
    • The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.
  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 group of persons collected or gathered together for some particular purpose.
    1. A gathering of usually invited guests for entertainment, fun and socializing.
      I'm throwing a huge party for my 21st birthday.
      • 2016 April 3, “Congressional Fundraising”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 3, episode 7, HBO:
        So-So, tonight, tonight, let’s look at where that time actually goes, and let’s begin with the most obvious form of fundraising: fundraisers. These are usually shitty parties in D.C. bars, restaurants, or townhouses, and there are a lot of them! The Sunlight Foundation estimates that, in the last election cycle, members of Congress held over 28 hundred fundraisers! Washington is like Rod Stewart’s haircut: party in the front, party in the back, frankly too much party and no business anywhere to be found!
      • 2017, “Any Party”, in Pleasure, performed by Feist:
        You know I’d leave any party for you / 'Cause no party’s so sweet as a party of two
    2. 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.
      Do you have a table available for a party of four?
      • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
        We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner.
    3. A gathering of acquaintances so that one of them may offer items for sale to the rest of them.
      Tupperware party
      lingerie party
  7. (obsolete) A part or division.
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Verb

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.
    • 2004, Daniel Nicholas Shields, Firewoman:
      “Miss, do you party?” the boy asked. “What?” Jennifer asked back. “Do you smoke? I'll get you some cheap. One American dollar equals forty Jamaican dollars. I'll get you as much of the stuff as you need.”
  3. (intransitive) To engage in flings, to have one-night stands, to sow one's wild oats.
  4. (online gaming, intransitive) To form a party (with).
    If you want to beat that monster, you should party with a healer.
Derived terms
  • party down
  • party on
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Etymology 2

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

Adjective

party (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, except in compounds) Divided; in part.
  2. (heraldry) Parted or divided, as in the direction or form of one of the ordinaries.
    an escutcheon party per pale
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Afrikaans party definition

Etymology

From Dutch partij, from Middle Dutch partie, from Old French partie.

Noun

party (plural partye)

  1. party (group, especially a political one)

Determiner

party

  1. some, a few

Czech party definition

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Noun

party f

  1. party (gathering of usually invited guests for entertainment, fun and socializing)

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Further reading

  • party in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu
  • party in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Dutch party definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English party.

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Noun

party f or m (plural party's, diminutive party'tje n)

  1. party

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French party definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English party.

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Noun

party m or f (plural parties or partys)

  1. (Canada) party (social gathering)

Usage notes

party has two genders in French: In Canada, it is a masculine noun, and in France it is a feminine noun.

Derived terms

  • garden-party
  • party hot-dog
  • suicide-party

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Italian party definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English party.

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Noun

party m (invariable)

  1. party (social gathering)

Norwegian Bokmål party definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English party.

Noun

party n (definite singular partyet, indefinite plural party or partyer, definite plural partya or partyene)

  1. a party (social event)

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Norwegian Nynorsk party definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English party.

Noun

party n (definite singular partyet, indefinite plural party, definite plural partya)

  1. a party (social event)

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Polish party definition

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Participle

party

  1. masculine singular passive adjectival participle of przeć

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Portuguese party definition

Verb

party

  1. Obsolete spelling of parti

Spanish party definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English party. Doublet of partida.

Noun

party m (plural partys or parties)

  1. party

Swedish party definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English party.

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Noun

party n

  1. party; social gathering

Declension

Declension of party 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative party partyt partyn partyna
Genitive partys partyts partyns partynas