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garden party

a party given out of doors in a garden or yard.
Origin of garden party
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He met her at last at a garden-party and gained an introduction by accident.

    What a Man Wills Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • You remember the one I wore at Lady Hilstone's garden-party?

  • The prettiest entertainment of the jubilee year was, however, the Queen's garden-party.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
  • She remembered in a kind of daze that she had been at a garden-party that very afternoon.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • Once he honoured me by his presence at a garden-party in Mandalay.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • It had been a garden-party, say, with one's life at stake from pressure of the crowd.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • When he issued forth it was to the garden-party—and immediately he ran into Margaret and Craig, apparently lying in wait for him.

  • Among others there was an invitation to a garden-party at Lady Margaret Hall.

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • I adore dancing, and I was never at a garden-party in all my life, and I have read so much about them.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • The young mother has accepted an invitation to a garden-party.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for garden-party

garden party

a social gathering held in the grounds of a house, school, etc, usually with light refreshments
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