from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A social gathering especially for pleasure or amusement: a cocktail party.
- n. A group of people who have gathered to participate in an activity. See Synonyms at band2.
- n. An established political group organized to promote and support its principles and candidates for public office.
- n. A person or group involved in an enterprise; a participant or an accessory: I refuse to be a party to your silly scheme.
- n. Law A person or group involved in a legal proceeding as a litigant.
- n. A subscriber to a telephone party line.
- n. A person using a telephone.
- n. A person: "And though Grainger was a spry old party, such steps couldn't be his” ( Anthony Hyde).
- n. A selected group of soldiers: a raiding party.
- n. Slang An act of sexual intercourse.
- n. Slang An orgy.
- adj. Of, relating to, or participating in an established political organization: party members; party politics.
- adj. Suitable for use at a social gathering: party dresses; a party hat.
- adj. Characteristic of a pleasurable social gathering: a party atmosphere.
- intransitive v. To celebrate or carouse at or as if at a party: That night we partied until dawn.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person or group of people constituting a particular side in a contract or legal action.
- n. With to: an accessory, someone who takes part.
- n. A group of people forming one side in a given dispute, contest etc.
- n. A political group considered as a formal whole, united under one specific political platform of issues and campaigning to take part in government.
- n. A discrete detachment of troops, especially for a particular purpose.
- n. A social gathering for entertainment and fun.
- n. A group of people traveling or attending an event together, or participating in the same activity.
- n. Active player characters organized into a single group.
- n. Group of characters controlled by the player.
- n. A part or division.
- n. A gathering of acquaintances so that one of them may offer items for sale to the rest of them.
- v. To celebrate at a party, to have fun, to enjoy oneself.
- v. To take recreational drugs.
- v. To form a party (with).
- adj. Divided; in part.
- adv. Partly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A part or portion.
- n. A number of persons united in opinion or action, as distinguished from, or opposed to, the rest of a community or association; esp., one of the parts into which a people is divided on questions of public policy.
- n. A part of a larger body of company; a detachment
- n. A number of persons invited to a social entertainment; a select company; ; also, the entertainment itself.
- n. One concerned or interested in an affair; one who takes part with others; a participator
- n. The plaintiff or the defendant in a lawsuit, whether an individual, a firm, or corporation; a litigant.
- n. Hence, any certain person who is regarded as being opposed or antagonistic to another.
- n. Cause; side; interest.
- n. A person.
- adj. Parted or divided, as in the direction or form of one of the ordinaries.
- adj. Partial; favoring one party; partisan.
- adv. Partly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part; a portion; a division.
- n. Part; side.
- n. A company or number of persons ranged on one side, or united in opinion or design, in opposition to others in the community; those who favor or are united to promote certain views or opinions: as, the Liberal party; the Democratic party; the party of moral ideas.
- n. Hence Side; cause.
- n. A company or band of persons collected or gathered together for some particular purpose; especially, a select company invited to be present and participate in some form of amusement or entertainment: as, a pleasure-party; a dinner-party; a theater-party.
- n. A detached part of a larger body or company; specifically (military), a detachment or small number of troops sent on a special service, as to intercept an enemy's convoy,to reconnoiter, to seek forage.
- n. In law: One of the lit-igants in a legal proceeding; a plaintiff or de-fendant in a suit: sometimes used collectively to include all the persons named on one side.
- n. One expressly concerned or interested in an affair: as, a party to a contract or an agreement; the party of the first part.
- n. One who is privy to a transaction or affair, or connected with it in any way; one who is more or less of an accomplice or accessory.
- n. A person; a particular person, as distinct from and opposed to any other; a person under special consideration; a person in general; an individual: as, an old party of my acquaintance.
- n. Compact; treaty.
- n. Synonyms Combination, Faction, etc. (see cabal), league, set, clique, alliance, coalition.
- Partial; manifesting partiality.
- Of or pertaining to a faction or party; partizan: as, party lines; party issues.
- Divided; in part.
- Specifically In heraldry, divided into parts, usually equal: said of the field, especially when the division is in the direction of one of the ordinaries.
- n. Same as parti.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a group of people gathered together for pleasure
- n. a band of people associated temporarily in some activity
- n. an organization to gain political power
- n. an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
- n. a person involved in legal proceedings
- v. have or participate in a party
Middle English partie, part, side, group, from Old French, from feminine past participle of partir, to divide, from Latin partīre, from pars, part-, part; see part.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman partie, Old French partie, from Medieval Latin partita ("a part, party"), from Latin partita, feminine of partitus, past participle of partiri ("to divide"); see part. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old French parti ("parted"), from Latin partītus ("parted"), past participle of partiri ("to divide"). More at part. (Wiktionary)