1. [late 19C+] an organized social event, designed to make money for the sponsor.
2. [20C+] a large party.
3. [1900s–1960s] an organized dance, held in a dancehall and frequented by lower-class young people.
[1930s–40s] (US black) a zoot suit n.
[1910s] (Aus.) on a spree.