soiree

[swah-rey]
noun
an evening party or social gathering, especially one held for a particular purpose: a musical soiree.
Also, soirée.


Origin:
1810–20; < French, equivalent to Old French soir evening (< Latin sērō late (adv.), orig. ablative of sērus) + -ée < Latin -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1; cf. journey

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soiree (ˈswɑːreɪ)
 
n
an evening party or other gathering given usually at a private house, esp where guests are invited to listen to, play, or dance to music
 
[C19: from French, from Old French soir evening, from Latin sērum a late time, from sērus late]

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soiree
"an evening party," 1793, from Fr. soirée, from soir "evening," from O.Fr. soir, from L. sero (adv.) "late, at a late hour," from serum "late hour," neut. of serus "late."
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Example sentences
He hosts a party for time travelers, complete with champagne, and sends
  invitations after the soiree.
Later he should visit a musical soiree before returning home to await his lover.
The rooftop terrace is the ideal spot for a sunset soiree or for simply kicking
  back.
The springtime soiree highlights the importance of the trout as a mountain
  resource.
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