Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having parts, sections, or areas colored differently from each other; pied.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly. Same as party-colored.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See party-colored.

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

  • adj. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly

Etymologies

From Obsolete party, variegated, from Middle English parti, from Old French, divided, striped, past participle of partir, to divide; see party.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Cellophane sachets of what looks like parti-colored popcorn from a crypt, promising to scent your home, your clothes, your life.

    A New Whiff on Potpourri

  • But his retinue,—that squalid, sordid, parti-colored band of vacant, dull-faced filth and viciousness—was writhing over the land, and he and they seemed almost crouching underneath the scorpion lash of one tall skeleton, that looked like Death, and the twisted woman whom men call Pain.

    DARKWATER

  • For two or more centuries America has marched proudly in the van of human hatred,—making bonfires of human flesh and laughing at them hideously, and making the insulting of millions more than a matter of dislike,—rather a great religion, a world war-cry: Up white, down black; to your tents, O white folk, and world war with black and parti-colored mongrel beasts!

    DARKWATER

  • I'd found one in a parti-colored basket of heirloom cherries and saved the seed.

    The Accidental Hybrid: Discovering New Tomatoes

  • Jill raves over some parti-colored striped petunias, hot pink and white, white and dark purple.

    Garden Goddess for Hire

  • I bet there is a lovely, parti-colored sky on the planet where you live.

    Dems Letting GOP Chase After Shiny 'Bipartisanship' Ball

  • In fact, there was one such Inspector in his black-and-yellow doublet and parti-colored hose just ahead of Kellen now.

    Tran Siberian

  • For some, Ken Kesey's parti-colored bus may be a hideous reminder of national unraveling, but for Coca-Cola it seemed a perfect promotional instrument for its "Fruitopia" line, and the company has proceeded to send replicas of the bus around the country to generate interest in the counterculturally themed beverage.

    What is this thing called cool?

  • For here are gloriously sugary images: great rows of parti-colored doughnuts slathered in frosting; platters of doughnuts lavishly coated with sprinkles -- yum!

    The Donut Chef

  • Don't get me started on teenage boys who put coffee-can mufflers on their little parti-colored Bitsosushis and try to drag race on Coral Way.

    November 2004

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  • That would truly be hose of a different color.

    January 4, 2009

  • refering to clothing or hose that consisted of two different colors or fabrics divided vertically down the center of the costume. For example, parti-colored hose would have one blue leg and one green leg.

    August 19, 2008