club

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

club

verb
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

Noun

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

Noun

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.

Verb

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

Another woman—and a bisexual woman of color at that—is breaking into the boys' club of late-night television. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "YouTube Star Lilly Singh Is Getting Her Own Late-Night Show on NBC," 15 Mar. 2019 Sabrina Benayoun, a senior at Jericho High School, had her pick of about 30 Advanced Placement classes, more than 50 extracurricular clubs and field trips to Quebec and Paris. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Two New York School Districts Sit Close By, but Far Apart in Resources," 13 Mar. 2019 Celebs like Charlize Theron, Emilia Clarke, and Emma Stone have all switched over to this sultry shade within the first few months of 2019, and now Lucy Hale is the latest to join the chocolate brown bob club. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Lucy Hale Has Brown Hair Again—This Time, With a Razor-Sharp Bob," 12 Mar. 2019 As a special treat for guests who stay in one of Ocean House’s 18 Signature Suites or seven cottages are invited to enjoy dining in the exclusive club room, with its own fireplace, bar, dining area and deck. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At," 8 Mar. 2019 Such is the case with our guest, the McLaren 600LT Spider ($306,000, as tested), the open-air version of the British speed shop’s coltish club racer. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2020 McLaren 600LT Spider: The ‘Attainable’ Supercar," 1 Mar. 2019 Abloh had booked a club and chivvied the throng to get down there. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Meet Kirin’s Peggy Gou: The DJ Turned Designer Mixing Fashion and Club Culture," 28 Feb. 2019 Amid cycling clubs, HIIT studios, and rowing gyms, a gentler form of group fitness is emerging: the stretch studio. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is a Stretch Studio? Here’s What You Need to Know About This Growing Fitness Trend," 24 Feb. 2019 Charles Jeffrey hit that mood brilliantly with his Weimar Republic club extravaganza of a performance at his Loverboy show in January. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Brexit Deadline Is Looming—Here’s How It Will Affect London Fashion Week," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Ohtani uncoiled and clubbed the ball high over the 18-foot wall in right. New York Times, "Shohei Ohtani Is a Perfect Fit. Just Not in New York.," 25 May 2018 Reporter John Linstead of the Chicago Daily News, seeing three young women being clubbed, shouted at the officers to stop—only to have them turn on him with their nightsticks, hospitalizing him for two days. David Greenberg, WSJ, "A Half Century of ‘Liberal Media Bias’," 23 Aug. 2018 Panicky Brazilians started shooting, clubbing and poisoning monkeys in the belief that this could slow the spread. New York Times, "Yellow Fever Circles Brazil’s Huge Cities," 5 Mar. 2018 Plyar Zeringue then clubbed a bases-clearing triple into the right centerfield gap to put the Comets on top 2-0. Andrew Valenti, NOLA.com, "St. Charles 10, Ursuline 0: Comets notch consecutive 5-run innings in playoff win," 18 Apr. 2018 During the burglary, a 7-year-old boy was placed in hot water, and the father was clubbed with a gun, Haenel said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man injured, son burned in Mission Bend-area home invasion," 25 June 2018 One of them was a homer clubbed by A’s first baseman Matt Olson, who during a seven-game hitting streak has hit four homers against the Royals. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Athletics rally in sixth to beat Royals, Jason Hammel for fifth straight loss," 7 June 2018 He was then clubbed to death, and has gone down in history as the definitive martyr. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Behind the scenes with influential graphic artists from 50 years ago," 30 May 2018 The lineup clubbed three more to push their total to 51 in June. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers continue to hit the ball over the fence, beat Cubs 7-5," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of club

Noun

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

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for club

Noun

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

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club

noun

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

club

verb

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

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

club

noun
\ 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

club

verb
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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