party

If you have a party, you invite people who will likely get along and like each other. If you join a political party, you choose the one whose members share your views.

Party comes from part, which means "a division in the whole." You can see this in political parties: the groups that make up the whole of voters in a nation. Party also means "person or group," which we are reminded of at restaurants when asked, "How many are in your party?" This is how party as in "a social gathering" or as a verb — the act of enjoying yourself at such a gathering — came about.

Primary Meanings of party

1.
nv
an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
have or participate in a party
2.
n
an organization to gain political power
3.
n
a person involved in legal proceedings
Full Definitions of party
1

n an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment

“he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day”
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bash, brawl, do
an uproarious party
birthday party
a party held on the anniversary of someone's birth
bun-fight, bunfight
(Briticism) a grand formal party on an important occasion
ceilidh
an informal social gathering at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing and folk dancing and story telling
cocktail party
an afternoon party at which cocktails are served
dance
a party for social dancing
feast, fete, fiesta
an elaborate party (often outdoors)
house party
a party lasting over one or more nights at a large house
jolly
a happy party
tea party
a party at which tea is served
whist drive
a progressive whist party
ball, formal
a lavish dance requiring formal attire
barn dance
a dance party featuring country dancing
hop, record hop
an informal dance where popular music is played
rave
a dance party that lasts all night and electronically synthesized music is played
luau
an elaborate Hawaiian feast or party (especially one accompanied by traditional foods and entertainment)
potlatch
a ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)
Type of:
affair, function, occasion, social function, social occasion
a vaguely specified social event

n a group of people gathered together for pleasure

“she joined the party after dinner”
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shindig, shindy
a large and noisy party of people
dance
a party of people assembled for dancing
mask, masque, masquerade, masquerade party
a party of guests wearing costumes and masks
dinner, dinner party
a party of people assembled to have dinner together
reception
a formal party of people; as after a wedding
open house
an informal party of people with hospitality for all comers
housewarming
a party of people assembled to celebrate moving into a new home
soiree
a party of people assembled in the evening (usually at a private house)
fete champetre, garden party, lawn party
a party of people assembled for social interaction out of doors
shower
a party of friends assembled to present gifts (usually of a specified kind) to a person
smoker, stag party
a party for men only (or one considered suitable for men only)
hen party
a party for women only
slumber party
an overnight party of girls who dress in nightclothes and pass the night talking
mixer, sociable, social
a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity
wedding, wedding party
a party of people at a wedding
reunion
a party of former associates who have come together again
fancy-dress ball, masked ball, masquerade ball
a ball at which guests wear costumes and masks
ball
the people assembled at a lavish formal dance
banquet, feast
a ceremonial dinner party for many people
beanfeast
an annual dinner party given by an employer for the employees
at home
a reception held in your own home
levee
a formal reception of visitors or guests (as at a royal court)
tea
a reception or party at which tea is served
wedding reception
a reception for wedding guests held after the wedding
musical soiree, soiree musicale
a soiree assembled for the purpose of listening to music
bachelor party
stag party held for a bachelor (usually on the night before he is married)
Type of:
social affair, social gathering
a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship

n a band of people associated temporarily in some activity

“they organized a party to search for food”
Synonyms:
company
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fatigue party
a group of soldiers on fatigue duty
landing party
a part of a ship's company organized for special duties ashore
party to the action, party to the transaction
a party of people taking a role in legal proceedings
rescue party
a party of rescuers
search party
a party of people to search for someone
stretcher party
a party of people with stretchers to carry an injured person
war party
a band of warriors who raid or fight an enemy (used especially of Native Americans)
Type of:
band, circle, lot, set
an unofficial association of people or groups

v have or participate in a party

“The students were partying all night before the exam”
Types:
rave
participate in an all-night techno dance party
Type of:
celebrate, fete
have a celebration
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n an organization to gain political power

“in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level”
Synonyms:
political party
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American Labor Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1936 in New York when labor and liberals bolted the Democratic Party
American Party, Know-Nothing Party
a former political party in the United States; active in the 1850s to keep power out of the hands of immigrants and Roman Catholics
Anti-Masonic Party
a former political party in the United States; founded in 1825 in opposition to Freemasonry in public affairs
Black Panthers
a militant Black political party founded in 1965 to end political dominance by Whites
Communist Party
a political party that actively advocates a communist form of government; in Communist countries it is the sole political party of the state
Conservative Party
a political party (especially in Great Britain or Australia) that believes in the importance of a capitalist economy with private ownership rather than state control
Constitutional Union Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1859 by former Whigs who hoped to preserve the Union
Democratic Party
the older of two major political parties in the United States
Democratic-Republican Party
a former major political party in the United States in the early 19th century; opposed the old Federalist party; favored a strict interpretation of the constitution in order to limit the powers of the federal government
Farmer-Labor Party
a former minor political party in the United States in the early 20th century
American Federalist Party, Federal Party, Federalist Party
a major political party in the United States in the early 19th century; founded by Alexander Hamilton; favored a strong centralized government
Free Soil Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1848 to oppose the extension of slavery into the territories; merged with the Liberty Party in 1848
Gironde
the French moderate political party that was in power (1791-1793) during the French Revolution
Green Party
an environmentalist political party
Greenback Party
a former political party in the United States; organized in 1874; opposed any reduction in the amount of paper money in circulation
Guomindang, Kuomintang
the political party founded in 1911 by Sun Yat-sen; it governed China under Chiang Kai-shek from 1928 until 1949 when the Communists took power and subsequently was the official ruling party of Taiwan
labor party, labour party
a left-of-center political party formed to represent the interest of ordinary working people
Liberal Democrat Party
a political party in Great Britain; formerly the Liberal Party; advocates reforms and improvement of the conditions of working people
Liberal Party
a political party in Australia, Canada, and other nations, and formerly in Great Britain
Liberty Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1839 to oppose the practice of slavery; merged with the Free Soil Party in 1848
Militant Tendency
a Trotskyist political organization in Great Britain set up in 1964 inside the Labour Party
National Socialist German Workers' Party, Nazi Party
the political party founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power by Hitler in 1933
People's Party, Populist Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1891 to advocate currency expansion and state control of railroads
Bull Moose Party, Progressive Party
a former political party in the United States; founded by Theodore Roosevelt during the presidential campaign of 1912; its emblem was a picture of a bull moose
Prohibition Party
a political party in the United States; formed in 1869 to oppose the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages
GOP, Republican Party
the younger of two major political parties in the United States; GOP is an acronym for grand old party
Social Democratic Party
a political party in Germany and Britain (and elsewhere) founded in late 19th century; originally Marxist; now advocates the gradual transformation of capitalism into democratic socialism
Socialist Labor Party
a political party in the United States; formed in 1874 to advocate the peaceful introduction of socialism
Socialist Party
a political party in the United States formed in 1900 to advocate socialism
Dixiecrats, States' Rights Democratic Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1948 by Democrats from southern states in order to oppose to the candidacy of Harry S Truman
war party
a political party that supports a war
Whig Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1834 in opposition to the Democratic Party; advocated a loose interpretation of the Constitution and high protective tariffs
third party
a political party organized in opposition to the major parties in a two-party system
Opposition
the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected
Australian Labor Party
the oldest political party in Australia, founded in 1891; the party is moderately liberal
British Labour Party, Labor, Labour, Labour Party
a political party formed in Great Britain in 1900; characterized by the promotion of labor's interests and formerly the socialization of key industries
Type of:
organisation, organization
a group of people who work together
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n a person involved in legal proceedings

“the party of the first part”
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assignee
(law) the party to whom something is assigned (e.g., someone to whom a right or property is legally transferred)
assignor
(law) the party who makes an assignment
contractor
(law) a party to a contract
intervenor
(law) a party who interposes in a pending proceeding
Jane Doe
an unknown or fictitious woman who is a party to legal proceedings
John Doe
an unknown or fictitious man who is a party to legal proceedings
litigant, litigator
(law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation
reversioner
(law) a party who is entitled to an estate in reversion
Richard Roe
an unknown or fictitious party to legal proceedings
tort-feasor, tortfeasor
a party who has committed a tort
vouchee
(law) a person called into court to defend a title
defendant, suspect
a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
appellant, plaintiff in error
the party who appeals a decision of a lower court
builder, constructor
someone who contracts for and supervises construction (as of a building)
filer
a party who files a notice with a law court
complainant, plaintiff
a person who brings an action in a court of law
prevailing party
the party in a lawsuit who obtains a judgment in their own favor
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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