social occasion

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: occasion - a vaguely specified social eventsocial occasion - a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
social event - an event characteristic of persons forming groups
party - an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment; "he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"
celebration, jubilation - a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
fundraiser - a social function that is held for the purpose of raising money
photo op, photo opportunity - an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those who are photographed
sleepover - an occasion of spending a night away from home or having a guest spend the night in your home (especially as a party for children)
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The sport, which had hitherto known no rival but croquet, was beginning to be discarded in favour of lawn-tennis; but the latter game was still considered too rough and inelegant for social occasions, and as an opportunity to show off pretty dresses and graceful attitudes the bow and arrow held their own.
He took pains, on all social occasions, to draw Mr Sparkler out, and make him conspicuous before the company; and, although the considerate action always resulted in that young gentleman's making a dreary and forlorn mental spectacle of himself, the friendly intention was not to be doubted.
Uncle Pullet had a programme for all great social occasions, and in this way fenced himself in from much painful confusion and perplexing freedom of will.
The event was organised by Back to Basic and Motorcycle Kenya as a way of bringing the family together for a social occasion.
But no, I've just discovered, "it is also a major social occasion for celebrities".
The residents and team at Avery Mews like being an active part of the community so we invited families, friends and neighbours into our home for an enjoyable social occasion."
The event doubles up as a great social occasion and a chance to meet old friends and make new ones.
It was a great social occasion and gave car owners the chance to get together and to meet visitors - we really hope it will become an annual event."
Pride themselves in staying on top of the trends through their vendors, trade shows, research and fashion affiliations in order to bring clients the latest in bridal and social occasion fashions for all formal needs.
"Eid in Dubai is a social occasion which unites different nationalities from across Dubai in celebration of this one joyous occasion.
The Birmingham Help for Heroes Ball, held in aid of the Help for Heroes charity which provides direct, practical support to wounded servicemen and women, has become an annual social occasion firmly rooted in the diaries of the region's great and good and military.
His letter said "the event is a social occasion hosted by Her Majesty and it is inappropriate to exploit this privilege for party political purposes".