from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a social party held out of doors, within the grounds or garden attached to a private residence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A company invited to an entertainment held on the lawn or in the garden of a private house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a party of people assembled for social interaction out of doors


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  • You will wear the dress I select for you and attend the de la Montaignes’ garden party in one week’s time.


  • This was no garden party with peacocks and memorable refreshments; this was a simple family tea with seven adult Appelhardts, while the younger members of the family squabbled on the croquet court.

    The Cat Who Came To Breakfast

  • I have just come from over the way, where S — has been giving a sort of garden party to a number of people, and where I have been talking, and listening, and standing, and curtseying, till I am very tired, and shall surely be obliged to go to bed before I can finish this letter.

    Further Records, 1848-1883: A Series of Letters

  • This first garden party without Laura is a political fundraiser hostessed by Dr. Turner—with an able helping hand from her First Lady, Niecy, who is wearing a beautiful princess dress and an eager debutante smile.

    You Know Where to Find Me

  • And so he went off to a garden party in Richmond and spent an agreeable afternoon mingling with the other guests, strolling with Lady Rawleigh, talking with Miss Wishart and her newly betrothed, an earnest young man for whom she obviously felt a deep affection, playing a game of croquet with Mrs. Herrington, a bold widow, who had told him just the week before that she was in search of a new lover and favored large blond men, and avoiding Miss Wilcox.


  • News International's chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, was at a summer garden party thrown by the PR guru Matthew Freud last weekend, where other guests included the BBC creative director, Alan Yentob, the film director Tim Burton, his wife, Helena Bonham-Carter, and the former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan.

    Warm glow of BSkyB deal subsides as Brooks feels chill wind of reality

  • The de la Montaignes’ garden party was an annual event, a highlight of the summer.



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