- n. A pre-planned party in which participants secretively gather in a certain location, wait for the arrival of the person they wish to honour and, traditionally, greet the arrival of the honoured person by shouting, "Surprise!".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. [U.S.] a party of persons who assemble by mutual agreement, and without invitation, at the house of a common friend.
“Marilyn had planned for her parents to get to their surprise party at 8:15 by telling them that the celebration was actually a party for their parents’ good friends, Mr. and Mrs. Samuels.”
“Cynthia: Hotels with restaurants are the perfect setting for surprise parties, as was proven at the surprise party I helped throw for Ilene’s thirtieth birthday.”
“We had a little surprise party at Mrs. Bennett's while I was there, about fourteen ladies and more gentlemen were present, the evening passed quickly and delightfully and three o'clock came before departure was thought of, the stars were beginning to fade when I went to rest.”
“You can’t even imagine my shock when George managed to pull off an enormous surprise party at the Bayou Club in Houston with so many of our friends and family.”
“Mary Stevens had asked me to come in Friday and go to a surprise party to be given at Mr. M'Fee's.”
“Come on, Cynt, you know they’re planning a surprise party for us.”
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