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 for Party
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Party \Par"ty\ (p[aum]r"t[y^]), n.; pl. Parties
     (p[aum]r"t[i^]z). [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."
        --Chaucer.
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     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.
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              Win the noble Brutus to our party.    --Shak.
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              The peace both parties want is like to last.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     3. A part of a larger body of company; a detachment;
        especially (Mil.), a small body of troops dispatched on
        special service.
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     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.
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     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.
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     6. The plaintiff or the defendant in a lawsuit, whether an
        individual, a firm, or corporation; a litigant.
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              The cause of both parties shall come before the
              judges.                               --Ex. xxii. 9.
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     7. Hence, any certain person who is regarded as being opposed
        or antagonistic to another.
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              If the jury found that the party slain was of
              English race, it had been adjudged felony. --Sir J.
                                                    Davies.
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     8. Cause; side; interest.
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              Have you nothing said
              Upon this Party 'gainst the Duke of Albany? --Shak.
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     9. A person; as, he is a queer party. [Now accounted a
        vulgarism.]
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     Note: "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." --Fitzed.
           Hall.
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     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 row.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Party \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.
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     2. Partial; favoring one party; partisan.
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              I will be true judge, and not party.  --Chaucer.
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     Charter party. See under Charter.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Party \Par"ty\, adv.
     Partly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  party
      n 1: an organization to gain political power; "in 1992 Perot
           tried to organize a third party at the national level"
           [syn: party, political party]
      2: a group of people gathered together for pleasure; "she joined
         the party after dinner"
      3: 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" [syn: party, company]
      4: an occasion on which people can assemble for social
         interaction and entertainment; "he planned a party to
         celebrate Bastille Day"
      5: a person involved in legal proceedings; "the party of the
         first part"
      v 1: have or participate in a party; "The students were partying
           all night before the exam"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  366 Moby Thesaurus words for "party":
     Adamite, American Party, Anti-Monopoly Party, Bull Moose Party,
     Communist Party, Conservative Party, Constitutional Union Party,
     Democratic Party, Democratic-Republican Party, Farmer-Labor Party,
     Federalist Party, Free Soil Party, Greenback Party, Kaffeeklatsch,
     Know-Nothing Party, Labour Party, Liberal Party,
     Liberal Republican Party, Liberty Party, Mardi Gras,
     National Republican Party, Populist Party, Progressive Party,
     Prohibition Party, Republican Party, Saturnalia,
     Socialist Labor Party, Socialist Party, Socialist Workers Party,
     Tammany Hall, Tory Party, Whig Party, a party to, accessory,
     accomplice, accusant, accuser, actor, adherents, advocate,
     affiliation, age group, aid, allegator, alliance, ally, appellant,
     approver, assemblee, assembly, assignation, associate, at home,
     bacchanal, bacchanalia, backer, ball, band, banquet, bash,
     battalion, beano, being, bevy, bipartisan, biparty, bloc, blowout,
     body, branch, brawl, breakaway group, brigade, bunch, bust, cabal,
     cadre, caller, calling party, camp, carnival, carousal, carouse,
     cast, cat, caucus, celebration, certifier, champion, chap,
     character, church, city hall, claimant, clique, club, cluster,
     coalition, cocktail party, coffee klatch, cohort, colloquium,
     combine, commission, committee, communion, community, company,
     complainant, complement, conclave, concourse, confederacy,
     confederate, confederation, confirmer, congregation, congress,
     contingent, contributor, conventicle, convention, convocation,
     copartner, corps, cosignatory, cosigner, costume party, cotenant,
     coterie, council, covey, creature, crew, crowd, customer, dance,
     date, debauch, defendant, defender, delator, denomination,
     denominational, detachment, detail, diet, dinner, dinner party,
     division, do, donation party, duck, earthling, eisteddfod,
     endorser, entertainment, ethnic group, exponent, faction,
     factional, fair, feast, federation, fellow, fellowship, festival,
     festive occasion, festivity, fete, field day, fiesta, fleet,
     forgathering, forum, frolic, function, gala, gala affair, gala day,
     gang, garden party, gathering, get-together, great doings,
     groundling, group, grouping, groupment, guarantor, guy, hand, head,
     helper, hen party, high jinks, homo, hop, house party,
     house-raising, housewarming, human, human being, impeacher,
     impugner, in-group, indictor, individual, informer, insurer,
     interest, interest group, interested, jamboree, joker, junta,
     junto, kermis, lawn party, league, levee, libelant, life, litigant,
     litigationist, litigator, living soul, machine, major party, man,
     mask, masque, masquerade, masquerade party, meet, meeting,
     minor party, minority group, mob, mortal, movement,
     multiple party system, nose, notary, notary public, offshoot, one,
     one-party system, opposition party, order, organization, orgy,
     out-group, outfit, pack, panel, partaker, partial, participant,
     participator, parties litigant, partisan, partner, party in power,
     peer group, person, personage, personality, persuasion, petitioner,
     phalanx, phoner, picnic, plaintiff, platoon, plenum,
     political machine, political party, posse, pressure group, prom,
     promoter, proponent, prosecutor, quorum, rally, ratifier, rave,
     reception, regiment, religious order, rendezvous, ring, romp,
     salon, saturnalia, schism, school, seance, seconder, sect,
     sectarian, sectarism, sectary, sectional, segment, session, set,
     shareholder, sharer, shindig, shindy, shower, side, signatory,
     signer, silent majority, single, sit-in, sitting, smoker,
     social gathering, society, soiree, somebody, someone, soul,
     splinter, splinter group, splinter party, spree, squad, stable,
     stag, stag party, string, subscriber, suitor, supporter,
     surprise party, symposium, synod, team, telephoner, tellurian,
     terran, the prosecution, third party, tribe, troop, troupe,
     turnout, two-party system, underwriter, union, unit, upholder,
     variety, version, vocal minority, waygoose, wayzgoose, wing,
     wingding, witness, worldling
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PARTY, practice, contracts. When applied to practice, by party is understood 
  either the plaintiff or defendant. In contracts, a party is one or more 
  persons who engage to perform or receive the performance of some agreement. 
  Vide Parties to contracts; Parties to 'actions; Parties to a suit in equity. 
  
  

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