party noun (CELEBRATION)
a birthday party
a farewell party
UK a fancy-dress (US costume) party (= a party where people wear clothes that make them look like someone or something else)
- He said he had to be at his cousin's engagement party that evening.
- Who was she dancing with at the party last night?
- They decorated the room with balloons and streamers ready for the party.
- We're having a small drinks party for one of our colleagues who's leaving next week.
- I really enjoyed your party - it was such good fun.
party noun (POLITICAL GROUP)
the Democratic Party
the Green party
the Conservative party
- There are signs of dissension within the ruling political party.
- A publicly disunited party stands little chance of winning the election.
- The party that was elected to power has no experience of government.
- There are two political parties in the US - the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
- The committee's job is to ensure fair play between all the political parties and candidates during the election.
party noun (VISITING GROUP)
a party of tourists
- The museum was almost empty apart from a party of schoolchildren.
- We're taking a party of Japanese visitors on a tour of the city.
- A party of tourists were approaching the war memorial.
- There's a special education room set aside for school parties.
- Every day this once peaceful village is invaded by coach parties.
party noun (INVOLVEMENT)
The UN called on all parties in the conflict to take a positive stance towards the new peace initiative.
- Paula really is the innocent party in all this, it was John that had the affair.
- An information meeting for all interested parties will be held on 10 November.
- The contract could be terminated by either party at any time.
- Mr Jackson was considered the injured party and awarded damages of over £5000.
- The court's decision did not satisfy either party.
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