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[swah-rey] /swɑˈreɪ/
noun
1.
an evening party or social gathering, especially one held for a particular purpose:
a musical soiree.
Also, soirée.
Origin
1810-1820
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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British Dictionary definitions for soirees

soiree

/ˈswɑːreɪ/
noun
1.
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 soirees

soiree

n.

"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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