• WordNet 3.6
    • v party have or participate in a party "The students were partying all night before the exam"
    • n party an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment "he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"
    • n party a group of people gathered together for pleasure "she joined the party after dinner"
    • n party an organization to gain political power "in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"
    • n party 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"
    • n party a person involved in legal proceedings "the party of the first part"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The bear invades the sugar party camp The bear invades the sugar party camp
"Led four war parties." Dakota drawing "Led four war parties." Dakota drawing
Success of war party. Pima Success of war party. Pima
An Accommodating Party An Accommodating Party
Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360 Sucking Very Much at the Purses of The Pleading Parties--3-42-360

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Super Bowl is so popular that it is the number on at-home party event of the year
    • Party A number of persons invited to a social entertainment; a select company; as, a dinner party ; also, the entertainment itself; as, to give a party .
    • Party A number of persons united in opinion or action, as distinguished from, or opposed to, the rest of a community or association; esp., one of the parts into which a people is divided on questions of public policy. "Win the noble Brutus to our party .""The peace both parties want is like to last."
    • Party (Mil) A part of a larger body of company; a detachment;
    • Party A part or portion. "The most party of the time."
    • Party A person; as, he is a queer party .
    • Party Cause; side; interest. "Have you nothing said
      Upon this Party 'gainst the Duke of Albany?"
    • Party Hence, any certain person who is regarded as being opposed or antagonistic to another. "If the jury found that the party slain was of English race, it had been adjudged felony."
    • Party One concerned or interested in an affair; one who takes part with others; a participator; as, he was a party to the plot; a party to the contract.
    • Party (Her) Parted or divided, as in the direction or form of one of the ordinaries; as, an escutcheon party per pale.
    • Party Partial; favoring one party; partisan. "I will be true judge, and not party ."
    • adv Party Partly.
    • Party The plaintiff or the defendant in a lawsuit, whether an individual, a firm, or corporation; a litigant. "The cause of both parties shall come before the judges."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average Super Bowl party has 18 people
    • n party A part; a portion; a division.
    • n party Part; side.
    • n party A company or number of persons ranged on one side, or united in opinion or design, in opposition to others in the community; those who favor or are united to promote certain views or opinions: as, the Liberal party; the Democratic party; the party of moral ideas.
    • n party Hence Side; cause.
    • n party A company or band of persons collected or gathered together for some particular purpose; especially, a select company invited to be present and participate in some form of amusement or entertainment: as, a pleasure-party; a dinner-party; a theater-party.
    • n party A detached part of a larger body or company; specifically (military), a detachment or small number of troops sent on a special service, as to intercept an enemy's convoy,to reconnoiter, to seek forage.
    • n party In law: One of the lit-igants in a legal proceeding; a plaintiff or de-fendant in a suit: sometimes used collectively to include all the persons named on one side.
    • n party One expressly concerned or interested in an affair: as, a party to a contract or an agreement; the party of the first part.
    • n party One who is privy to a transaction or affair, or connected with it in any way; one who is more or less of an accomplice or accessory.
    • n party A person; a particular person, as distinct from and opposed to any other; a person under special consideration; a person in general; an individual: as, an old party of my acquaintance.
    • n party Compact; treaty.
    • n party Synonyms Combination, Faction, etc. (see cabal), league, set, clique, alliance, coalition.
    • party Partial; manifesting partiality.
    • party Of or pertaining to a faction or party; partizan: as, party lines; party issues.
    • party Divided; in part.
    • party Specifically In heraldry, divided into parts, usually equal: said of the field, especially when the division is in the direction of one of the ordinaries. Thus, party per fesse is divided by a horizontal line passing through the fesse-point; party per bend is divided by a line in the direction of the bend and into equal parts; etc. In actual blazoning, however, the word party is usually omitted, and instead of writing party per pale or and azure is written per pale, etc. Also parted.
    • n party Same as parti.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average number of people that go to a party for the Super Bowl is 17
    • n Party pär′ti a part of a greater number of persons: a faction: a company met for a particular purpose, as a dinner party, a pleasure party, &c.: an assembly: one concerned in any affair: the person or persons on either side in a law-suit: :
    • adj Party belonging to a party and not to the whole: consisting of different parties, parts, or things:
    • n Party pär′ti (colloq.) a single individual spoken of
    • n Party pär′ti (mil.) a detachment of soldiers
    • adj Party (her.) parted or divided
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  • John Arbuthnot
    John Arbuthnot
    “All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “When great questions end, little parties begin.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools.”
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
    Rutherford B. Hayes
    “He serves his party best who serves his country best.”
  • Will Rogers
    “No party is as bad as its leaders.”


Crash a party - If you crash a party, or are a gatecrasher, you go somewhere you haven't been invited to.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. parti, and partie, fr. F. partir, to part, divide, L. partire, partiri,. See Part (v.)


In literature:

But here is your party, captain.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
As soon as it became the party of one idea it began to draw to it, first the support of one, then another political party.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
There was a court party and a country party, each inflamed with violent political animosities.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The other two small casks would last so large a party but for a short time.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
A couple of days thus passed rapidly away, and, all working with a will, the party were ready to start.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
There yet remains one to be described, ere we complete the account of our travelling party.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Here on the second day I took a small party of men, as a working party, to the shelters at the 'Sunken Road,' rather nearer the line.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
The national committee of each party is formed of one member from each state, who organizes the national convention of his party.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
In this way the party floated on in silence.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The mutual agreement of a party or parties at difference, to refer to arbitration, or make an end of the matter.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

IT is a Party, do you know,
And there they sit, all in a row,
Waiting till the others come,
To begin to have some fun.
"First Arrivals" by Kate Greenaway
Years, many parti-colour’d years,
Some have crept on, and some have flown
Since first before me fell those tears
I never could see fall alone.
"Years" by Walter Savage Landor
"NOT Tibbs!" he cried - his tone became
A shade or two less hearty -
"Why, no," said I. "My proper name
Is Tibbets - " "Tibbets?" "Aye, the same."
"Phantasmagoria Canto VI ( Dyscomfyture )" by Lewis Carroll
From party's Promethean vulture,
When wilt thou get release?
When will the strife of races,
The strife of religions cease?
And the hearts of thy loving children
Mingle and be at peace?
"My Own Green Land" by Nora Pembroke
While purblind party-strife with venomous spite
Made plausible wrong seem right,--
O then for that unselfish hero-chief
Tender and true, and lost
At Trafalgar,--or him, whose patriot grief
"Torres Vedras" by Francis Turner Palgrave
And on Majuba there was a row of dead men,
Numbering about forty or fifty of them;
There were also numbers of wounded men lying on the ground,
And when Captain Macbean's party gazed on them their sorrow was profound.
"The Horrors of Majuba" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, who leads the Likud Party, and Shaul Mofaz, the leader of the Kadima Party, at a news conference Tuesday in Jerusalem.
The Socialist Party , which spent most of its 50-year history as Japan's leading opposition force, decided today to disband itself and form a new party by the end of next month.
The national chairman-elect of the Reform Party briefly walked out of the party's Connecticut state convention today after organizers refused to admit a wing of the party worried about the rising influence of Patrick J Buchanan.
It was the TV talker Chris Matthews, I believe, who first labeled Democrats and Republicans the "Mommy Party" and the "Daddy Party".
Some Texas Republicans are trying to make their party more appealing to the state's emerging Latino majority—getting Lozano to switch parties was part of that effort.
Gov David Dewhurst is the mainstream GOP choice to win the party's nomination to replace retiring Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison, but he is locked in a white-hot battle with tea party favorite and former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz.
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ho Hsin-chun yesterday holds up a table of university students' monthly living expenses, as lawmakers from various parties called on the Ministry of Education to maintain a freeze on tuition fee s.
Lawrence O'Donnell gave a full-throated defense of third party politics on his Wednesday show, and blamed the media for stifling voices beyond the two-party system.
And how has your political affiliation benefited you in terms of garnering political favor?The modern political party system in the United States is dominated by the Democratic and Republican parties.
GAMBIER — Whenever the thought of political parties comes to mind, voters often think of a two-party system and the two dominating components: Democrats and Republicans.
The problem with the two-party system is that it only has two parties.
There Are Tea Parties and Tea Parties, and Here the Twain Meet, Uneasily .
Popping up in the most unexpected places with his 'Party Hard' mentality and endless source of party tips for friends and fans.
The Modern Whig Party of America is a fiscally conservative, centrist, and socially moderate party of the political middle, in Minnesota, they are called the Whig Party .
Ryan Call, state chairman of the Republican Party, address supporters Friday evening at The Mint in Silverthorne during a party rally.

In science:

The two parties begin by sharing a maximally entangled state; let us say the singlet state.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
For instance, in the case where “full correlation functions” are considered instead of complete joint probability distributions, all facet inequalities are known for Bell scenarios consisting of an arbitrary number of parties with two measurement choices and two outcomes [20, 21].
Lifting Bell inequalities
Finally, point (iii) follows immediately when we notice that a polytope with vij = 1 for some measurement j of party i and the polytope obtained by discarding that measurement have the same dimension and have their extreme points in one-to-one correspondence.
Lifting Bell inequalities
Consider the polytope Bn−1 obtained from B by discarding party i′ .
Lifting Bell inequalities
Given a point p ∈ Bn+1 , remember that p(i′ , j ′ , k ′ ) represents the probabilities of p for which the indices corresponding to the measurement setting and the outcome of party i′ are fixed, and are equal, respectively, to j ′ and k ′ .
Lifting Bell inequalities