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house party

or houseparty

the entertainment of guests for one or more nights at one's home, a fraternity or sorority house, etc.
the guests at such an affair or party:
The house party goes sailing today.
Origin of house party
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for house-party
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  • The Baron de Cazalet did not appear in the drawing-room an hour later when the house-party assembled for dinner.

    Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • I'm invited to visit the swellest home in Council Bluffs for a house-party.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Gordon, who was going to a house-party at Lakewood, lent me his chafing-dish.

    A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick
  • One was a newspaper, bearing the date of Lloyd's first house-party.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • I have just completed arrangements for a second house-party, a duplicate of the one she had six years ago, when she was eleven.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor Annie Fellows Johnston
  • A novel way this, to accept a house-party invitation to a palace!

    The Birth of the Nation Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
  • She was certainly the prettiest girl in the house-party, that is, before Annie arrived, but she was not the most attractive.

  • He hoped his identity would be as welcome to the house-party as its would be to him.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • Of course, we had many gags on each other and jokes that were only jokes because we were on a house-party together.

  • Not only was the house-party at its maximum—its noisy maximum!

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for house-party

house party

a party, usually in a country house, at which guests are invited to stay for several days
the guests who are invited
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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