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(1)   An occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
"He planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"
(2)   A group of people gathered together for pleasure
"She joined the party after dinner"
(3)   An organization to gain political power
"In 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"
(4)   A band of people associated temporarily in some activity
"They organized a party to search for food"
"The company of cooks walked into the kitchen"
(5)   A person involved in legal proceedings
"The party of the first part"


(6)   Have or participate in a party
"The students were partying all night before the exam"


From , , from , from , feminine of partitus, past participle of ; see part.


  1. A person or group of people constituting a particular side in a contract or legal action.
    The contract requires that the party of the first part pay the fee.
  2. With to: an accessory, someone who takes part.
    I can't possibly be a party to that kind of reckless behaviour.
  3. A group of people forming one side in a given dispute, contest etc.
  4. A political group considered as a formal whole, united under one specific political platform of issues and campaigning to take part in government.
    The green party took 12% of the vote.
  5. A discrete detachment of troops, especially for a particular purpose.
    The settlers were attacked early next morning by a scouting party.
  6. A social gathering for entertainment and fun.
    I'm throwing a huge party for my 21st birthday.
  7. A group of people travelling or attending an event together, or participating in the same activity.
    We're expecting a large party from the London office.
  8. Active player characters organized into a single group.
  9. Group of characters controlled by the player.
  10. A part or division.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book II:
      And so the moost party of the castel that was falle doune thorugh that dolorous stroke laye vpon Pellam and balyn thre dayes.


  1. To celebrate at a party, to have fun, to enjoy oneself.
    We partied until the early hours.