par|ty1 W1S1 [ˈpa:ti US ˈpa:rti] n plural parties
1¦(for fun)¦
2¦(in politics)¦
3¦(group of people)¦
4¦(in an argument/law)¦
5 be (a) party to something
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: partie 'part, party', from partir 'to divide']
1.) ¦(FOR FUN)¦
a social event when a lot of people meet together to enjoy themselves by eating, drinking, dancing etc
We're having a party on Saturday. Would you like to come?
throw/give a party
The university threw a party to welcome them.
She's giving a small informal party this evening.
go/come to a party
Are you going to the party tonight?
a child's birthday party
the office Christmas party
at a party
I met him at a party a couple of months ago.
I have never enjoyed party games .
tea/costume/Halloween etc party
(=a particular type of party)
a dinner party at a chic New York restaurant
the party spirit (=the way someone feels when they are really enjoying a party)
2.) ¦(IN POLITICS)¦ [also + plural verb British English]
a political organization with particular beliefs and aims, which you can vote for in elections
the three main political parties in Britain
the Labour/Communist/Democratic etc Party
She was greeted by a large crowd of Labour Party supporters.
The conference is open to all party members.
the party leader
There were many people in the ruling party (=the party in power) who were unhappy with his policies.
The new regulations have been attacked by opposition parties (=parties who are not in power and oppose the government) .
Her speech went down very well with the party faithful (=strong supporters of the party) .
3.) ¦(GROUP OF PEOPLE)¦ [also + plural verb British English]
a group of people who go somewhere together or do a job together
party of
a party of tourists
There were several students in our party.
A search party was sent out to look for the missing climbers.
a rescue party
Admission is free for school parties .
law or formal one of the people or groups who are involved in a legal argument or agreement
helping the two parties to reach an agreement
guilty/innocent party
He sees himself as the innocent party in this dispute.
→↑third party1
5.) be (a) party to sth
formal to be involved in an activity or decision
I was not a party to this discussion.
party 2
party2 past tense and past participle partied present participle partying third person singular parties
[i]informal to enjoy yourself with a group of other people by drinking alcohol, eating, dancing etc
Let's party!

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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