noun, often attributive
\ˈkləb \

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 \ 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

Ranieri’s last job ended in May, leaving Nantes halfway through a two-year contract with the French club. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Fulham hires Claudio Ranieri after firing Jokanovic," 14 Nov. 2018 This will further complicate scheduling, especially considering OWL is a global league, with clubs spread across six countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Blizzard’s Overwatch League is making big changes with player wellness in mind," 2 Nov. 2018 Matheny was a Gold Glove Award -winning catcher with St. Louis from 2000-2004 before getting his first managerial job with the club prior to the 2012 season., "Hovering Near .500, Cards Fire Matheny," 14 July 2018 Now 86, Al Donaghy no longer runs himself but remains active with the club. Joe Rice,, "A runners’ club for one and all," 13 July 2018 That’s an approach endorsed by Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who won three World Series with a free-swinging third baseman in Pablo Sandoval, now back with the club. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "El Mago: Javier Baez's flair is just what baseball needs," 12 July 2018 Cristian Higuita, who has missed time with an adductor injury, trained with the club on Monday. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City left back Mohamed El-Munir comfortable with versatile role," 10 July 2018 Juventus’s gambit is that many of those fans will follow him to his new club. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid to Join Juventus," 10 July 2018 Photo: Scott Calvert/The Wall Street Journal One venue popular with some employees was the Scores club, featuring nude dancers, near downtown Baltimore and a short drive from Under Armour headquarters. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Under Armour’s #MeToo Moment: No More Strip Clubs on Company Dime," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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,, "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,, "Dodgers continue to hit the ball over the fence, beat Cubs 7-5," 28 June 2018 Khris Davis clubbed a solo home run on Verlander's second pitch of the second inning — a four-seam fastball that ran too far inside. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros sweep Athletics, extend winning streak to 8," 15 June 2018 After consecutive first-pitch singles and a walk loaded the bases, the Reds’ Adam Duvall clubbed a slider down in the strike zone, sending it 441 feet to the left of center field. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks look alive but can’t finish sweep," 30 May 2018

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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


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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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