Definition of “party” - English Dictionary

“party” in British English

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partynoun

uk /ˈpɑː.ti/ us /ˈpɑːr.t̬i/

party noun (CELEBRATION)

A1 [ C ] a social event at which a group of people meet to talk, eat, drink, dance, etc., often in order to celebrate a special occasion:

a birthday party
a farewell party
a dinner party (= a small, sometimes formal party where a meal is eaten)
UK a fancy-dress (US costume) party (= a party where people wear clothes that make them look like someone or something else)
Peter has/gives/throws really wild parties.

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party noun (POLITICAL GROUP)

B1 [ C, + sing/pl verb ] an organization of people with particular political beliefs that competes in elections to try to win positions in local or national government:

the Democratic Party
the Green party
the Conservative party
The party has/have just elected a new leader.
He was elected as party leader in 2011.
They contacted party members from across the nation to ask for their support.

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party noun (VISITING GROUP)

[ C, + sing/pl verb ] a group of people who are involved in an activity together, especially a visit:

a party of tourists
Most museums give a discount to school parties.

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party noun (INVOLVEMENT)

[ C ] one of the people or groups of people involved in an official argument, arrangement, or similar situation:

The UN called on all parties in the conflict to take a positive stance towards the new peace initiative.
It's often difficult to establish who the guilty party is following a traffic accident.

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partyverb [ I ]

uk /ˈpɑː.ti/ us /ˈpɑːr.t̬i/

to enjoy yourself by drinking and dancing, especially at a party:

Let's party!
They partied till dawn.

(Definition of “party” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“party” in American English

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partynoun [ C ]

us /ˈpɑr·t̬i/

party noun [ C ] (SOCIAL GATHERING)

a social gathering at which people talk, eat, drink, and enjoy themselves:

a birthday party
Sally is having a party at her place tonight.

party noun [ C ] (POLITICAL GROUP)

social studies a political group with particular beliefs and aims and which supports members who are trying to get elected to public office:

a political party

party noun [ C ] (PARTICULAR GROUP)

a particular group of people who are involved in an activity:

I made a dinner reservation for a party of eight.

party noun [ C ] (ONE INVOLVED)

one of the people or sides involved in a formal agreement or argument, esp. a legal one:

The UN called on all parties to lay down their arms.

partyverb [ I ]

us /ˈpɑr·t̬i/ infml

party verb [ I ] (SOCIAL GATHERING)

to enjoy yourself at a party with others, esp. by drinking alcohol, dancing, etc.

(Definition of “party” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“party” in Business English

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partynoun

uk /ˈpɑːti/ us plural parties

[ C ] one of the people or groups of people involved in an official disagreement, arrangement, or similar situation:

Both parties were happy with the result of the negotiations.

[ C ] a group of people who are involved in an activity together, especially a visit:

A party of college students is visiting the factory today.
Our restaurants offer a discount of 10% to parties of 10 or more.
There will be 8 people in our party, so we'll need to book a table.

[ C ] a social event where a group of people meet to talk, eat, etc., often in order to celebrate a special occasion:

We're having a farewell party for the sales manager.
have/throw/give a party They're going to throw a party to celebrate a great year.

[ C ] POLITICS an organization of people with particular political beliefs which competes in elections for positions in local or national government:

a political party
the governing/ruling/opposition party
the Democratic/Green/Conservative Party
He was elected as party leader in 2011.

(Definition of “party” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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