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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A party or other celebration held to mark someone's entrance into a new home, especially the arrival of a bride at her new home; a wedding reception.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house-warming; especially, a reception, party, or entertainment given by a newly married couple, or by the husband upon receiving the wife to his house.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go in; enter.
  • n. An entertainment given to friends upon newly entering a house; a housewarming.
  • n. A wedding reception; the housewarming entertainment given by a newly married couple.
  • n. Also infair.

Etymologies

From Middle English infer ("entrance"), from Old English infær ("ingress, entrance, ingang"), from Proto-Germanic *in + *faran (“a going”), corresponding to in- +‎ fare. Related to Old English infaru ("inroad, incursion, invasion"). More at in, fare. (Wiktionary)

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