[ pahr-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF party


Is that brother of hers you told me about still makin' up to that party?

Now they neared the foot of the shaft where the rest of the party seemed to await them.

"Then I can only say that Captain Rushton was a party to the fraud," he said.

Shepler and the party were to go through the mine as a matter of sight-seeing.

That telegram from Coplen is concernin' of a lady—a party that was with him when he died.

A party of sailors, headed by an officer, came out of the woods, and headed for the shore.

There was no one in sight, but it was evident that a party from an American ship had visited the island.

There was nothing for it but to put Kit Smallbones at the head of the party.

So certain was he as to the exact locality, that he offered to conduct a party to the place.

Further, the native who gave all the information to Mr. Monger was one of our party.


late 13c., "part, portion, side," from Old French partie "side, part; portion, share; separation, division" (12c.), literally "that which is divided," noun use of fem. past participle 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 gathered together (originally for some specific purpose, e.g. dinner party, hunting party). Phrase the party is over is from 1937; party line is first recorded 1834 in the sense of "policy adopted by a political party," 1893 in the sense of "telephone line shared by two or more subscribers." Party pooper is from 1951, American English.


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