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[swah-rey] /swɑˈreɪ/
an evening party or social gathering, especially one held for a particular purpose:
a musical soiree.
Also, soirée.
Origin of soiree
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for soiree
  • He hosts a party for time travelers, complete with champagne, and sends invitations after the soiree.
  • The format for this type of of public-television soiree is now familiar.
  • Really, it's the only way to handle the stress and responsibilities of soiree-throwing.
  • 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.
  • However, her protective parents wanted her close to home and stopped the silver screen soiree.
British Dictionary definitions for soiree


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
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French soir evening, from Latin sērum a late time, from sērus late
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Word Origin and History for soiree

"an evening party," 1793, from French soirée, from soir "evening," from Old French soir "evening, night" (10c.), from Latin sero (adv.) "late, at a late hour," from serum "late hour," neuter of serus "late," from PIE *se-ro-, suffixed form of root *se- (2) "long, late" (cf. Sanskrit sayam "in the evening," Lithuanian sietuva "deep place in a river," Old English sið "after," German seit "since," Gothic seiþus "late," Middle Irish sith, Middle Breton hir "long").

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