There are 2 definitions of party in English:

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noun (plural parties)

  • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 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.
    Synonyms
    person, individual, human being, somebody, someone
    informal character

verb (parties, partying, partied)

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Phrases

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.
Synonyms
get involved in/with, be associated with, concern/involve oneself in, be a participant in, touch, handle

bring something to the party

see bring.

Derivatives

partier

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.

Origin

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.

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There are 2 definitions of party in English:

party2

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːti
 
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adjective

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

Origin

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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Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody