Word of the DayWednesday, November 12, 2008
\swah-RAY\ , noun;
an evening party or social gathering
Rose was reminiscing at a soiree I hosted on a recent sultry evening on Chicago's North Side.
-- Laura Washington, World still watching -- but now it's a love fest, Chicago Sun-Times, August 10, 2004
The couple will be honoured guests at this week's soiree and the evening's success will matter more to them than anyone.
-- Someone is saving your bacon, Daily Telegraph, April 5, 1998
by 1793, from French soirée, from soir "evening," from Old French soir, from Latin sero (adv.) "late, at a late hour," from serum "late hour," neuter of serus "late"
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