There are 2 main definitions of party in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːti

noun (plural parties)

1A social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment: an engagement party
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  • Sometimes, caterers serving at parties and social gatherings order large quantities.
  • The hotel staff encourages the use of this area for social gatherings and parties.
  • A buffet of finger foods is the perfect way to serve guests at an anniversary party or wedding reception.
social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social;
dance, ball, ceilidh, frolic, carousal, carouse;
North American fete, hoedown, shower, bake, cookout, levee;
Australian/New Zealand corroboree;
West Indian bashment;
Jewish simcha
informal bash, shindig, shindy, rave, blowout, beer-up, disco, do, shebang, bop, hop, whoopee, after-party
Irish informal hooley, crack
North American informal blast, wingding, kegger
Australian/New Zealand informal shivoo, rage, ding, jollo, rort
South African informal jol
dated squash, squeeze, ding-dong
2A formally constituted political group that contests elections and attempts to form or take part in a government: draft the party’s election manifesto
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  • Each ballot paper has a list of all registered political parties contesting the elections.
  • The Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are contesting every seat.
  • It broke a 40-year monopoly of the two openly capitalist parties over working class politics.
faction, political party, group, grouping, side, alliance, affiliation, association, coalition, movement, cabal, junta, bloc, camp, set, caucus, sect
2.1A group of people taking part in a particular activity or trip: the visiting party will be asked to conform to safety procedures whilst on site
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  • After an unsuccessful trip his hunting party bought him a bear cub to shoot.
  • Private parties can book for trips along the coastline or upriver to Waterford.
  • The most organised person in our party had brought a torch, but we also had our own guide to help us find our way home.
3A person or people forming one side in an agreement or dispute: a contract between two parties
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  • In such cases, resort to binding adjudication will require the agreement of all parties to the dispute.
  • She accused both parties in the dispute of losing sight of the fact that the people who were suffering most were the students.
  • This will delay the much needed reforms as the various parties dispute their respective responsibilities and the subject fades from public memory.
3.1 informal A person, especially one with specified characteristics: an old party has been coming in to clean
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  • The party on the line evidently had no idea what has happened, and said that he'll look into it.
  • Seems it all began when an interested party dropped him a line in response to the story.
  • A large proportion of money laundering activities involve innocent parties who are just doing their daily job unaware of their role in a crime.
person, individual, human being, somebody, someone
informal character

verb (parties, partying, partied)

[no object] informal Back to top  
Enjoy oneself at a party or other lively gathering, typically with drinking and music: put on your glad rags and party!
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  • Maybe it's because we just like music and dancing and partying and having a good time.
  • Everyone old and young brought their own food and drink and partied through to the early hours of the morning in the village square.
  • Some people just come for a drink, but still, the majority have come from partying.
celebrate, have fun, enjoy oneself, have a party, have a good/wild time, rave it up, carouse, make merry
informal go out on the town, paint the town red, whoop it up, let one's hair down, make whoopee, have a night on the tiles, live it up, have a ball, go on a bender, push the boat out, go on a spree
South African informal jol


Middle English (denoting a body of people united in opposition to others, also in sense 2 of the noun): from Old French partie, based on Latin partiri 'divide into parts'. sense 1 of the noun dates from the early 18th century.


be (or come) late to the party

informal Become aware of or get involved in something long after others: I didn’t get into Nirvana until after MTV Unplugged came out—I’m always late to the party though they have come late to the party, their cloud storage solution seems to be catching up
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  • I came late to the party; this film is the last anyone will get to see of Inspector Morse.
  • Never one to come late to the party, the company has finally joined the other throngs in the wireless market.
  • It's a good idea, but the manufacturer has come late to the party.

be party (or a party) to

Be involved in: he was party to some very shady deals
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  • That is not an example that my party and other parties want to be party to at all.
  • Yes because they were party to what has turned out to be open, active aggression against a third country that in no way was a threat to them and of course their reasons for going in have proved to be absolutely baseless.
  • Mother Teresa once recounted an incident she was party to in London.
get involved in/with, be associated with, concern/involve oneself in, be a participant in, touch, handle

bring something to the party

see bring.



noun ( informal )
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  • The painful weather couldn't hold back the partiers, however.
  • Houston officials are installing temporary barricades around the line to protect Super Bowl partiers.
  • Looking back, I realize I was a stupid partier.

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There are 2 main definitions of party in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːti


Divided into parts of different tinctures: party per fess, or, and azure


Middle English (in the sense 'particoloured'): from Old French parti 'parted', based on Latin partitus 'divided into parts' (from the verb partiri).

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