Gathering vs. Party - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Party

    A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of a special occasion. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often music and dancing or other forms of entertainment. In many Western countries, parties for teens and adults are associated with drinking alcohol such as beer, wine, or distilled spirits.

Wiktionary

  • Gathering (noun)

    A meeting or get-together; a party or social function.

    "I met her at a gathering of engineers and scientists."

  • Gathering (noun)

    A group of people or things.

    "A gathering of fruit."

  • Gathering (noun)

    A section, a group of bifolios, or sheets of paper, stacked together and folded in half.

    "This gathering machine forms the backbone of a bookbinding operation."

  • Gathering (noun)

    A charitable contribution; a collection.

  • Gathering (noun)

    A tumor or boil suppurated or maturated; an abscess.

  • Gathering (verb)

    present participle of gather

    "She enjoyed gathering wildflowers."

  • Party (noun)

    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."

  • Party (noun)

    A person.

  • Party (noun)

    A person; an individual.

    "He is a queer party."

  • Party (noun)

    A group of people forming one side in a given dispute, contest etc.

  • Party (noun)

    With to: an accessory, someone who takes part.

    "I can't possibly be a party to that kind of reckless behaviour."

  • Party (noun)

    Active player characters organized into a single group.

  • Party (noun)

    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."

  • Party (noun)

    A discrete detachment of troops, especially for a particular purpose.

    "The settlers were attacked early next morning by a scouting party."

  • Party (noun)

    A social gathering.

  • Party (noun)

    A group of characters controlled by the player.

  • Party (noun)

    A gathering of usually invited guests for entertainment, fun and socializing.

    "I'm throwing a huge party for my 21st birthday."

  • Party (noun)

    A group of people traveling or attending an event together, or participating in the same activity.

    "We're expecting a large party from the London office."

  • Party (noun)

    A part or division.

  • Party (verb)

    To celebrate at a party, to have fun, to enjoy oneself.

    "We partied until the early hours."

  • Party (verb)

    To take recreational drugs.

  • Party (verb)

    To engage in flings, to have one-night stands, to sow one's wild oats.

  • Party (verb)

    To form a party (with).

    "If you want to beat that monster, you should party with a healer."

  • Party (adjective)

    Divided; in part.

  • Party (adjective)

    Parted or divided, as in the direction or form of one of the ordinaries.

    "an escutcheon party per pale"

  • Party (adverb)

    Partly.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Gathering (noun)

    an assembly or meeting, especially one held for a specific purpose

    "a family gathering"

  • Gathering (noun)

    a group of leaves taken together, one inside another, in binding a book.

Webster Dictionary

  • Gathering (noun)

    The act of collecting or bringing together.

  • Gathering (noun)

    That which is gathered, collected, or brought together

  • Gathering (adjective)

    Assembling; collecting; used for gathering or concentrating.

  • Party (noun)

    A part or portion.

  • Party (noun)

    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.

  • Party (noun)

    A part of a larger body of company; a detachment;

  • Party (noun)

    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 (noun)

    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 (noun)

    The plaintiff or the defendant in a lawsuit, whether an individual, a firm, or corporation; a litigant.

  • Party (noun)

    Hence, any certain person who is regarded as being opposed or antagonistic to another.

  • Party (noun)

    Cause; side; interest.

  • Party (noun)

    A person; as, he is a queer party.

  • Party (adjective)

    Parted or divided, as in the direction or form of one of the ordinaries; as, an escutcheon party per pale.

  • Party (adjective)

    Partial; favoring one party; partisan.

  • Party (adverb)

    Partly.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Gathering (noun)

    a group of persons together in one place

  • Gathering (noun)

    the social act of assembling;

    "they demanded the right of assembly"

  • Gathering (noun)

    the act of gathering something

  • Gathering (noun)

    sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching

  • Gathering (adjective)

    accumulating and becoming more intense;

    "the deepening gloom"

    "felt a deepening love"

    "the gathering darkness"

    "the thickening dusk"

  • Party (noun)

    an organization to gain political power;

    "in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"

  • Party (noun)

    an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment;

    "he planned a party to celebrate Bastille Day"

  • Party (noun)

    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"

  • Party (noun)

    a group of people gathered together for pleasure;

    "she joined the party after dinner"

  • Party (noun)

    a person involved in legal proceedings;

    "the party of the first part"

  • Party (verb)

    have or participate in a party;

    "The students were partying all night before the exam"

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