clam·bake | \ˈklam-ˌbāk \

Definition of clambake 

1a : an outdoor party especially : a seashore outing where food is usually cooked on heated rocks covered by seaweed

b : the food served at a clambake

2 : a gathering characterized by noisy sociability especially : a political rally

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The clambake tradition belongs mostly to New England, where Indian tribes dating back more than 2,000 years cooked seafood in large earthen pits lined with searing-hot rocks and covered with seaweed and sand. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Start a tradition with a Bodega beach clambake," 11 May 2018 Headed south to South Ponte Vedra next week, for the annual family clambake and weenie roast. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 During this three-day event, cyclists can choose to ride 30, 50 or 100 miles in one day and then partake in farm tours, star chef meals and clambakes. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Cyclist Who Won When She Stopped Racing," 19 May 2018 Mantle fires up the clambake, building the strata of ingredients in the cast iron, right over the coals. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Start a tradition with a Bodega beach clambake," 11 May 2018 Jessie Mueller, Joshua Henry, Lindsay Mendez and John Douglas Thompson star in a metaphysical musical of fraught love and real nice clambakes. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "10 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 5 Apr. 2018 Kiwanis at work: West Park Kiwanis Club will have a tailgate clambake fundraiser 1-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Cretan Center, 3853 W. 168th St., West Park. Carol Kovach,, "Pumpkinville in the Valley is Oct. 1 at Frostville: A Place in the Sun," 26 Sep. 2017 This whole clambake is a money grab, which mercifully neither man denies. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Mayweather & McGregor’s F-Bomb Circus," 13 July 2017 The clambake is a family affair, reflecting back to a time when Republicans — now outnumbered 7-1 by Democrats in the city — held political control here. Phillyclout Team,, "Clout: Move over, Mix Master Mike Nutter, DJ Darrell Clarke has arrived," 18 Aug. 2017

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1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of clambake

: an outdoor party especially on a beach where clams and other foods are cooked and eaten


clam·bake | \ˈklam-ˌbāk \

Kids Definition of clambake

: an outdoor party where clams and other foods are cooked usually on heated rocks covered by seaweed

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