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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.

bachelorette party

noun

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

bachelor party

noun

a party for men only to celebrate the fact that one of them will be getting married soon. The British word is 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

block party

noun

a party that takes place outside for all the people who live in a particular area

blowout

noun

a celebration during which people eat and drink a lot

bridal shower

noun

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

buck’s party

noun

a bachelor party

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

dinner

noun

a special meal that you have to celebrate a particular occasion

extravaganza

noun

a large and impressive celebration or event

fancy dress party

noun

a costume party

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 special event at which you celebrate something

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 yard for a lot of people

homecoming

noun

a celebration once a year at schools and universities when alumni (=people who went to the school before) return for parties and a football game. Many schools have a homecoming parade and elect a homecoming king and homecoming queen.

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

kegger

noun

a party, usually for young adults, at which beer is served from kegs

kitchen tea

noun

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

lawn party

noun

a formal party held in a yard in the afternoon

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

mixer

noun

a party or event intended to help people meet each other

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

pajama party

noun

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

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.

pyjama party

the British spelling of pajama party

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

a bachelor party

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 U.S. city throw paper from the windows of high buildings to welcome an important person

wingding

noun

a party

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