Surprise party
Surprise Sur*prise", n. [F. surprise, fr. surprendre, surpris; sur over + prendre to take, L. prehendere. See {Sur-}, and {Prehensile}.] 1. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or astonishment. [1913 Webster]

Pure surprise and fear Made me to quit the house. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything that causes such a state or emotion. [1913 Webster]

4. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents. [Obs.] --King. [1913 Webster]

{Surprise party}, a party of persons who assemble by mutual agreement, and without invitation, at the house of a common friend. [U.S.] --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Wonder; astonishment; amazement. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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