clam·​bake | \ ˈklam-ˌbāk How to pronounce clambake (audio) \

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

Examples of clambake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One night, at the communal clambake, some of the Porters questioned her about her experiences. Jamie Hood, Vulture, 15 Dec. 2021 The parish is planning a yearlong celebration, starting with a kickoff Mass and clambake Oct. 16 on the front lawn of Lakewood Catholic Academy, 14808 Lake Ave., Lakewood. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 Clambakes Get as happy as a clam at one of Northeast Ohio’s seasonal clambake dinner events this weekend. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 14 Oct. 2021 Wharf for a clambake on Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 24 until Oct. 30. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 Tickets are $95 for golf/clambake and $40 for dinner only. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2021 Visit July 20 or 27 and enjoy a traditional New England clambake — complete with littleneck clams, potatoes, corn, and lobster — overlooking Narragansett Bay ($125 per person)., 19 May 2021 Castle Hill Inn this summer and enjoy the new healing garden, a New England clambake, and the return of a renowned music festival., 19 May 2021 This photograph features legendary jockey Isaac Burns Murphy (third from the right), with several other guests at a clambake hosted by trainer Matt Byrnes following Murphy’s victory aboard Salvator in the 1890 Champion Stakes at Monmouth Park. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of clambake

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Clambake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce clambake (audio) \

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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