Definition of


  1. (noun, event) an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
  2. (noun, group) a group of people gathered together for pleasure
  3. (noun, group) an organization to gain political power
  4. (noun, group) a band of people associated temporarily in some activity
    the company of cooks walked into the kitchen
  5. (noun, person) a person involved in legal proceedings
  6. (verb, social) have or participate in a party

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Synonyms of Party

company, political party

Alternate forms of Party

Derivations: party

Hyponyms: american federalist party, american labor party, american party, anti-masonic party, assignee, assignor, bash, birthday party, black panthers, brawl, bull moose party, bun-fight, bunfight, ceilidh, cocktail party, communist party, conservative party, constitutional union party, contractor, dance, democratic party, democratic-republican party, dinner, dinner party, dixiecrats, do, farmer-labor party, fatigue party, feast, federal party, federalist party, fete, fete champetre, fiesta, free soil party, garden party, gironde, gop, green party, greenback party, guomindang, hen party, house party, housewarming, intervenor, jane doe, john doe, jolly, know-nothing party, kuomintang, labor party, labour party, landing party, lawn party, liberal democrat party, liberal party, liberty party, litigant, litigator, mask, masque, masquerade, masquerade party, militant tendency, mixer, national socialist german workers' party, nazi party, open house, opposition, party to the action, party to the transaction, people's party, populist party, progressive party, prohibition party, rave, reception, republican party, rescue party, reunion, reversioner, richard roe, search party, shindig, shindy, shower, slumber party, smoker, sociable, social, social democratic party, socialist labor party, socialist party, soiree, stag party, states' rights democratic party, stretcher party, tea party, third party, tort-feasor, tortfeasor, vouchee, war party, wedding, wedding party, whig party, whist drive

Hypernyms: affair, band, celebrate, circle, fete, function, individual, lot, mortal, occasion, organisation, organization, person, set, social affair, social function, social gathering, social occasion, somebody, someone, soul

Origin of the word Party

  1. late 13c., "part, portion, side," from O.Fr. partie "a part, a party" (12c.), lit. "that which is divided," from fem. pp. of partir "to divide" (see part (v.)). Political sense of "side in a contest or dispute" evolved by 1300; meaning "a person" is from mid-15c. Sense of "gathering for social pleasure" is first found 1716, from general sense of persons gat… more

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