clam·​bake ˈklam-ˌbāk How to pronounce clambake (audio)
: an outdoor party
especially : a seashore outing where food is usually cooked on heated rocks covered by seaweed
: the food served at a clambake
: a gathering characterized by noisy sociability
especially : a political rally

Examples of clambake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 3rd annual clambake fundraiser Aug. 13 in Little Compton offers a good ol’ fashioned clambake with chowder and dessert; beer and wine available for purchase. Lauren Daley,, 10 Aug. 2023 William Morrow Beatriz Williams' New England set historical novels have become a summer tradition, their sparkling reminisces of lighthouses and clambakes only matched by her penchant for intrigue. Ew Staff,, 10 May 2023 The lucky diners will enjoy a traditional New England clambake under the stars, with music and entertainment. Pamela Wright,, 4 May 2023 Daly and Nerland were planning to celebrate their wedding with a boat cruise and clambake on Spectacle Island. Laura Crimaldi,, 15 Apr. 2023 Reservation deadline for the Nov. 13 Kiwanis Club of West Park clambake is Nov. 8. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2022 Time for a clambake: The Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance Oktoberfest Clambake Social will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 at the pavilion of Bunker Hill Golf Course (with parking off Hamilton Road) on Thursday, Oct. 7. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 Order a clambake ahead of time from Heinen’s various Northeast Ohio locations. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 Cost is $37 for a clambake; $13 for extra clams; $25 for a chicken meal. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of clambake was in 1835

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“Clambake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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clam·​bake ˈklam-ˌbāk How to pronounce clambake (audio)
: an outdoor party
especially : an outing at which food is cooked usually on heated rocks covered by seaweed

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