noun, often attributive
\ ˈkləb How to pronounce club (audio) \

Definition of club

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a heavy usually tapering staff especially of wood wielded as a weapon
b : a stick or bat used to hit a ball in any of various games
c : something resembling a club
2a : a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a black clover
b clubs plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the suit comprising cards marked with clubs
3a : an association of persons for some common object usually jointly supported and meeting periodically also : a group identified by some common characteristic nations in the nuclear club
b : the meeting place of a club lunch at the club
c : an association of persons participating in a plan by which they agree to make regular payments or purchases in order to secure some advantage
d : nightclub
e : an athletic association or team


clubbed; clubbing

Definition of club (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to beat or strike with or as if with a club
b : to gather into a club-shaped mass clubbed her hair
2a : to unite or combine for a common cause
b : to contribute to a common fund

intransitive verb

1 : to form a club : combine
2 : to pay a share of a common expense
3 : nightclub

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Other Words from club


clubbish \ ˈklə-​bish How to pronounce clubbish (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for club

Synonyms: Noun

bastinado (or bastinade), bat, baton, billy, billy club, bludgeon, cane, cudgel, nightstick, rod, rung [Scottish], sap, shillelagh (also shillalah), staff, truncheon, waddy [Australian]

Synonyms: Verb

ally, associate, band (together), coalesce, cohere, confederate, conjoin, cooperate, federate, league, unite

Antonyms: Verb

break up, disband

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Examples of club in a Sentence


Do you belong to any clubs? I'll see you at the club. the president of a major-league baseball club He spent five years with the club. Join our movie club now and receive four free DVDs.


They clubbed him with a baseball bat. clubbed together to share their love of model rockets
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Whatever a kind, generous guy does privately—celebrating Father’s Day by his pool, playing golf at his club, allegedly stabbing his wife and her friend to death—is simply his own personal business. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "O.J. Simpson Has a Little Bit of Getting Even to Do on Twitter," 5 July 2019 The Tigers haven't made the playoffs since Avila, 60, was promoted to GM in mid-2015, and 2016 was the only year his club posted a winning record. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers extend Al Avila. Tigers fans have no idea why," 5 July 2019 In May, there were significant protests after mass arrests of women in clubs and bars at night for alleged prostitution in Abuja, the federal capital city. Saratu Abiola, Quartz Africa, "The fallout from a church rape scandal shows the harsh reality of being a woman in Nigeria," 3 July 2019 The group included mostly male players, willing to lose their spot on their clubs over their concerns about the league’s commitment to equality. Adam Zagoria, New York Times, "Born of a Boycott, a Women’s Ultimate Frisbee League Charts Its Own Path," 28 June 2019 Surveillance cameras captured the Cadillac drive to a nearby Whataburger, before returning to the strip club a short time later. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Strip club killer on the run after skipping last day of his murder trial in Dallas," 28 June 2019 Channel your inner billionaire by booking one of the suites at the Hotel Cala di Volpe and remember to pack the kind of bikinis that were never designed to actually get wet for its ultra-exclusive beach club. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 26 June 2019 That sort of available cash means both the Nets and the Knicks could conceivably lure two max-salary players to their clubs, and both franchises are certain to pursue the big names like Leonard, Durant, Walker and Irving. Tim Reynolds,, "NBA shifts focus to free agency after draft dust settles," 23 June 2019 The Beavers were missing pieces from their 2018 national-championship club all over the diamond and managed by interim coach Pat Bailey., "Oregon State baseball in 2019 is best viewed as a season of transition: Diamonds & Dust," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kendrys Morales clubbed an early solo shot for his first home run since joining the Yankees on Wednesday following a trade from Oakland. Mike Fitzpatrick, The Seattle Times, "Sabathia shouts insults at Rays, Yanks rally in 9th to win," 18 May 2019 Hong Kong’s police have kept a low profile on the streets of this city of 7 million since they were scorned for firing tear gas, rubber bullets and beanbags while also clubbing unarmed demonstrators with batons June 12. David Pierson,, "Thousands of Hong Kong protesters flood the streets again, this time targeting police," 21 June 2019 Reeb was beaten and clubbed in the head, dying two days later from his injuries. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "NPR Identifies Fourth Attacker in Infamous Civil Rights Murder," 19 June 2019 After a 1-2-3 second, the Raiders finally got a chance to show off their big bats, clubbing a single and two extra-base hits in a two-run fourth. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Walk-off blooper caps comeback victory for Alexandria," 19 June 2019 Reeb’s death followed the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson in neighboring Perry County and the Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that ended when police gassed and clubbed peaceful protesters., "Podcast ‘White Lies’ finds fourth attacker in unsolved Selma murder case," 18 June 2019 The Padres came into Wednesday tied with the Cubs for the most players clubbing 10 or more homers in the National League (5 each). (k.c. Alfred/the San Diego Union-tribune), San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: ‘Home Run Derby’ Padres starved for situational hitting," 6 June 2019 Derek Dietrich clubbed three home runs in a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 28. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds' Dietrich says playing in hometown All-Star Game would be 'perfect script'," 29 May 2019 Trout walked with one out before Ohtani clubbed a two-run shot over the right field wall for his first home run at Angels Stadium this season. Joe Reedy, The Seattle Times, "Trout hits milestone homer to lead Angels over Royals 6-3," 19 May 2019

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First Known Use of club


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for club


Middle English clubbe, from Old Norse klubba; akin to Old High German kolbo club

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English Language Learners Definition of club

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of people who meet to participate in an activity (such as a sport or hobby)
: the place where the members of a club meet
: a sports team or organization



English Language Learners Definition of club (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit (a person or animal) with a heavy stick or object


\ ˈkləb How to pronounce club (audio) \

Kids Definition of club

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy usually wooden stick used as a weapon
2 : a stick or bat used to hit a ball in various games golf club
3 : a group of people associated because of a shared interest
4 : the meeting place of a club


clubbed; clubbing

Kids Definition of club (Entry 2 of 2)

: to beat or strike with or as if with a club

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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