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

The idea is to finish with four clubs, the cream of the continent, duking it out for European supremacy in a pair of glittering finals. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Europe Now Belongs to the Premier League," 10 May 2019 The hotel seems to have something for everyone--a swanky sushi restaurant, Dusk, a kid's club, a world class spa, and tennis. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...The Ritz Carlton, Naples," 3 May 2019 Stop viewing the investment world as an old boy’s club, and go get that coin. Glamour, "It's Time to Start Investing, No Matter How Much You Have in the Bank," 1 May 2019 Before everyone moved into the house, which had been transformed into a night club, Rae changed into a beaded and lace jumpsuit by Louis Vuitton. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Stylist’s Easy Elegant Wedding Overlooking the Ocean in Ibiza," 22 Apr. 2019 Possible expansion, the stability of some individual clubs, a need for sponsorships and the lack of a TV deal are among the issues faced by the league that hasn’t had a commissioner since Jeff Plush stepped down in March 2017. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "NWSL’s 7th season opens, looks for bump in World Cup year," 13 Apr. 2019 From nationwide programs to local school clubs, there are plenty of ways to support (and advocate for) girls in STEM. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 The crew celebrating Harry's big day had some fun at a karaoke club, where Kiko was spotted singing a tune. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Harry Styles’s Rumored Girlfriend Kiko Mizuhara?," 5 Feb. 2019 Think MeetUp groups, library clubs, city events, and so on, Bahar says. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How to Deal With Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation," 11 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Violet goes clubbing one night to alleviate stress and winds up partying too hard. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "From Teen Spirit to A Star Is Born: What's With All the Movies About Pop Stars?," 19 Apr. 2019 Kluber walked Gregorius on four pitches and, after Giancarlo Stanton flied out, Hicks clubbed a 3-2 changeup off the center field wall. New York Times, "A Potential Pitching Showcase Melts Into a Rugged Yankees Win," 12 July 2018 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,, "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

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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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