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n., pl. -ties, n.
party- Latin partitum, "part, side," became party, with the senses "political group" and, in the 18th century, "social gathering."
Partya company or body of persons; a detachment of troops; a group of people travelling together; a gathering for social entertainment; an assemblage or society of persons of the same political opinion. See also clique, set.
A party is a social event where people enjoy themselves by eating, drinking, dancing, talking, or playing games. You use have, give, or throw to say that someone organizes a party.
Don't use 'make'. Don't say, for example, 'We are making a party'.
Past participle: partied
|Noun||1.||party - an organization to gain political power; "in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"|
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
|2.||party - a group of people gathered together for pleasure; "she joined the party after dinner"|
dance - a party of people assembled for dancing
dinner party, dinner - a party of people assembled to have dinner together; "guests should never be late to a dinner party"
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; "her friends organized a baby shower for her when she was expecting"
hen party - a party for women only
slumber party - an overnight party of girls who dress in nightclothes and pass the night talking
reunion - a party of former associates who have come together again
|3.||party - a band of people associated temporarily in some activity; "they organized a party to search for food"; "the company of cooks walked into the kitchen"|
band, circle, lot, set - an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
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)
|4.||party - an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment; "he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"|
social function, social occasion, occasion, affair, function - 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"
birthday party - a party held on the anniversary of someone's birth
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
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
|5.||party - a person involved in legal proceedings; "the party of the first part"|
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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; "plaintiffs and defendants are both litigants"
reversioner - (law) a party who is entitled to an estate in reversion
Richard Roe - an unknown or fictitious party to legal proceedings
vouchee - (law) a person called into court to defend a title
|Verb||1.||party - have or participate in a party; "The students were partying all night before the exam"|
fete, celebrate - have a celebration; "They were feting the patriarch of the family"; "After the exam, the students were celebrating"
rave - participate in an all-night techno dance party
"A party is like a marriage ... making itself up while seeming to follow precedent" [Jay McInerney Brightness Falls]
"Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule: and both commonly succeed, and are right" [H.L. Mencken]
to give or have or throw a party → dar or (frm) ofrecer una fiesta
the party's over → se acabó la fiesta
see also house C
a party of tourists → un grupo de turistas
we were only a small party → éramos pocos → éramos un grupo pequeño
the parties concerned → los interesados → las partes interesadas
the guilty/injured/innocent party → la parte culpable/perjudicada/inocente
to be (a) party to sth I will not be a party to any violence → no me voy a prestar a la violencia
to be (a) party to an agreement → ser parte en un acuerdo
to be (a) party to a crime → ser cómplice en un delito
the parties to a dispute → las partes involucradas en una querella
see also third D
see also warring
let's party! → ¡vámonos de juerga!, ¡vámonos de marcha! (Sp)
where shall we party tonight? → ¿a qué fiesta vamos esta noche?
party dress N → vestido m de fiesta
party line N (Telec) → línea f compartida
the party line (Pol) → la línea del partido
party member N → miembro m del partido
party piece N → numerito m (de fiesta)
to do one's party piece → hacer su numerito
party politics NPL (gen) → política fsing de partido (pej) → partidismo msing (pej), politiqueo msing (pej)
party pooper N → aguafiestas mf inv
party spirit N → espíritu m festivo
we entered into the party spirit → nos empezó a entrar el espíritu festivo
party wall N → pared f medianera
I'm going to a party on Saturday → Je vais à une fête samedi.
I'm going to a party on Saturday night → Je vais à une soirée samedi.
a Christmas party → une fête pour Noël
a New Year party → une fête pour le nouvel an birthday party
to give a party, to throw a party → donner une fête
to have a party → organiser une fête
They are great party-givers → Ils organisent beaucoup de soirées.party-goer partygoer [ˈpɑːrtigəʊər] n
At least half the partygoers were under 15 → La moitié au moins des participants à la fête avait moins de 15 ans.
to be in the party mood → être d'humeur festiveparty music n → musique f de fêteparty official n → officiel(le) m/f du partiparty piece n → numéro m habituel
to do one's party piece → faire son numéro party political adj [system, activity, issue] → des partis politiques party political broadcastparty political broadcast n → émission f électoraleparty politics n
to play party politics → faire de la politique politicienneparty pooper [ˈpɑːrtipuːpər] n → rabat-joie m invparty spirit n (= mood for enjoying o.s.) → esprit m de fête
to be in the party spirit → être d'humeur festiveparty time n
it's party time! → c'est l'heure de faire la fête !party trick n → numéro m de fêtepar value n → valeur f nominale