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Parties and celebrations

afterparty

noun

a party that takes place after another event such as a concert or theatre performance

all-nighter

noun

something that continues for the whole night, especially a party

baby shower

noun

a party for a woman who is going to have a baby. Her friends give her presents for the baby.

bachelor party

noun

a stag night

B and S

noun

Bachelor and Spinster Ball: a party held in the Australian outback (=areas a long way from towns) that normally lasts for a whole weekend

banquet

noun

a formal meal prepared for a large number of people on an important occasion

bash

noun

a party or celebration

beanfeast

noun

a party or social event

blowout

noun

a celebration during which people eat and drink a lot

booze-up

noun

a party or social event where people drink a lot of alcohol

bridal shower

noun

a party for a woman who will soon be getting married, at which she receives presents

buck’s party

noun

a stag night

celebration

noun

a party or special event at which you celebrate something such as a birthday or a religious holiday

celebration

noun

an occasion when you show your admiration of someone or something

clambake

noun

a party by the sea at which people cook and eat clams

cocktail party

noun

a formal party in the early evening at which alcoholic drinks and small things to eat are served

costume party

noun

a fancy dress party

dinner

noun

a special meal that you have to celebrate a particular occasion

drinks party

noun

a formal party where people talk and have alcoholic drinks

extravaganza

noun

a large and impressive celebration or event

fancy dress party

noun

a party where people wear clothes that make them look like a famous person, an animal, a character from a story etc

feast

noun

a large meal for a lot of people, usually in order to celebrate something

festival

noun

an event that is held to celebrate a particular thing or activity

festivities

noun

a lively and enjoyable celebration

fête

noun

a celebration

fiesta

noun

a large public celebration, especially a religious festival in countries where people speak Spanish

fiesta

noun

a party

gala

noun

a special performance or event to celebrate something

garden party

noun

a formal party in a large garden for a lot of people

hen night

noun

a celebration for a woman who is about to get married, in which only her women friends take part

homecoming

noun

a celebration once a year at schools and universities when alumni (=people who went to the school before) return for parties and an American football game

house party

noun

a party in someone’s house, especially a party in a large house where the guests stay for several days

housewarming

noun

a party that you give in a house that you have just moved into

jamboree

noun

a large celebration with a lot of music and entertainment

jol

noun

a happy occasion where people celebrate something and enjoy themselves

kitchen tea

noun

a party that takes place before a wedding to which people bring presents for the new home

Mardi Gras

noun

a celebration with parties and marches in the streets at any time of the year

masquerade

noun

a party where people dress as different characters

office party

noun

a party for all the people who work in the office of a company or organization

orgy

noun

a party at which there is a lot of drinking and sexual activity

parade

noun

a public celebration in which a large group of people move through an area, often with decorated vehicles and bands playing music

parade

noun

a public celebration in which a large group of soldiers march together, or an official ceremony in which soldiers march or stand in rows

party

noun

a social event at which people meet to celebrate something or to have fun by eating and drinking, dancing, playing games etc

piss-up

noun

a party or other occasion when people drink a lot of alcohol

pyjama party

noun

a social occasion when a group of friends, usually children or young people, stay for the night at one person’s house

reception

noun

a formal party to welcome someone or to celebrate something

rejoicing

noun

a time when people celebrate and express feelings of great happiness

revel

noun

a lively and noisy party or celebration, especially where people sing, dance, and drink alcohol

revelry

noun

a situation in which people celebrate or enjoy themselves in a lively and noisy way, especially by singing, dancing, and drinking alcohol

roast

noun

a party to celebrate someone’s life where the guests make humorous speeches about that person

roast

noun

a party held outside where meat or vegetables are cooked over a fire

saturnalia

noun

a party or festival during which people drink a lot of alcohol and behave in an uncontrolled way

sendoff

noun

a party or celebration to say goodbye to someone who is leaving a place

shindig

noun

a party

shower

noun

a party arranged for a woman by her friends, in which they give her presents because she will soon have a baby or get married

sip and see party

noun

a party given by new parents so that friends and family can see their newborn baby

sleepover

noun

a children’s party at which all the guests stay the night at one person’s house

slumber party

noun

an occasion when a group of children all sleep at the house of one child

social

noun

a party

soiree

noun

a small party held in the evening in a private house, often including a musical performance

stag night

noun

an occasion when a group of men celebrate together because one of them is soon to be married

surprise party

noun

a party arranged for someone who does not expect it

tea party

noun

a small party in the afternoon where tea, sandwiches, cakes etc are served

theme party

noun

a party where all the food and decorations are made according to one theme

ticker tape parade

noun

an occasion when people in a US city throw paper from the windows of high buildings to welcome an important person

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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