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)
References in classic literature ?
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 doubles up as a great social occasion and a chance to meet old friends and make new ones.
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.
The five-day Berkshire meet is as much a social occasion as an event for betting punters.
Mr Jacobs wrote: "The event is a social occasion hosted by Her Majesty and it is inappropriate to exploit this privilege for party political purposes.
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".
It's really important for retailers to recognise that when it comes to outdoor drinks, just like any social occasion, drinkers want a range of options: wine, RTDS, soft drinks, and maybe even punch," she says.
The meeting at the same time as the Ryder Cup was no more than a coincidence and indeed while it included the competition of fourballs and foursomes against the Americans, the occasion of the third Atlantic Trophy event was more a social occasion, celebrating Hoylake's long-established links with clubs in north America.
I am not a smoker but when I have a drink at a social occasion I have a tendency to have a fly puff.
Many of these poems were written especially for certain occasions and often carried personal references for the participants; such poems further demonstrate the interdependence of literature and social occasion.