A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, or recreation. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often music and dancing as well.
Some parties are held in honor of a specific person, day, or event (e.g., a birthday party, a Super Bowl party, or a St. Patrick’s Day party). Parties of this kind are often called celebrations.
A party is not necessarily a private occasion. Public parties are sometimes held in restaurants, pubs, or bars, and people attending such parties may be charged an admission fee by the host.
Famous quotes containing the word party:
“When anyone apologizes to us he has to do it very expertly: otherwise we might easily come to see ourselves as the guilty party and experience unpleasant feelings.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“One thing you may be sure of, I was not a party to covering up anything.”
—Rutherford Birchard Hayes (18221893)
“Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a childrens party taken over by the elders.”
—F. Scott Fitzgerald (18961940)