Par"ty (?), n.; pl.
Parties (#). [F. parti and partie, fr.
F. partir to part, divide, L. partire, partiri.
See Part, v.] 1. A part
or portion. [Obs.] "The most party of the time."
2. 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
3. A part of a larger body of company; a
detachment; especially (Mil.), a small body of troops
dispatched on special service.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. The plaintiff or the defendant in a
lawsuit, whether an individual, a firm, or corporation; a
The cause of both parties shall come before the
judges. Ex. xxii. 9.
7. Hence, any certain person who is regarded
as being opposed or antagonistic to another.
It the jury found that the party slain was of
English race, it had been adjudged felony. Sir J.
8. Cause; side; interest.
Have you nothing said
Upon this Party 'gainst the Duke of Albany?
9. A person; as, he is a queer
party. [Now accounted a vulgarism.]
"For several generations, our ancestors largely employed party
for person; but this use of the word, when it appeared to be
reviving, happened to strike, more particularly, the fancy of the
vulgar; and the consequence has been, that the polite have chosen to
leave it in their undisputed possession."
Party jury (Law), a jury composed of
different parties, as one which is half natives and half
foreigners. -- Party man, a partisan.
Swift. -- Party spirit, a factious and
unreasonable temper, not uncommonly shown by party men.
Whately. -- Party verdict, a joint
verdict. Shak. -- Party wall.
(a) (Arch.) A wall built upon the dividing
line between two adjoining properties, usually having half its
thickness on each property. (b) (Law)
A wall that separates adjoining houses, as in a block or
Par"ty, a. [F. parti divided, fr.
partir to divide. See Part, v., and
cf. Partite.] 1. (Her.) Parted or
divided, as in the direction or form of one of the ordinaries; as, an
escutcheon party per pale.
2. Partial; favoring one party.
I will be true judge, and not
Charter party. See under
Par"ty, adv. Partly. [Obs.]