Definition of third party in English:

third party

Syllabification: third par·ty


  • 1A person or group besides the two primarily involved in a situation, especially a dispute.
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    • In these circumstances, the asset given as security belongs to the defendant, not a third party.
    • What I wanted to ask you was, was there any possibility of a third party being involved in the dismemberment?
    • Here there is no need for a third party to have become involved.
  • 1.1A political party organized as an alternative to the major parties in a two-party system.
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    • It is, if you will, a conspiracy by the two parties to keep third parties out of the presidential debates.
    • It is New York's third party, the Conservative Party, that provides the best hope here.
    • Also, the Electoral College helps maintain a two-party system, by discouraging third parties with the winner-take-all principle.


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  • Of or relating to a person or group besides the two primarily involved in a situation: third-party suppliers
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    • Participating suppliers must submit to third-party audits and disclose energy sources to consumers.
    • Many e-commerce websites use online shopping carts provided by third-party suppliers.
    • There is no disinterested third-party witness to say who is telling the truth and who is lying.

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