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

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

After whiling away a day at a pool party and a strip club, Callahan climbed into the passenger seat of the Volkswagen Beetle his friend was driving., "How John Callahan Used His Disability To Fuel Fearlessly Funny Cartoons," 13 July 2018 Besides eating, the women of Ozone like to dedicate themselves to the spirit of the game by coaching in their community for youth clubs and local schools. Madeline Mitchell,, "World Ultimate Club Championships: Watch like an expert," 12 July 2018 Twelve members of the Wild Boars club and their coach, from the town of Mae Sai on the Thailand-Myanmar border, had become trapped more than half a kilometer underground on June 23 by flash floods. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "The Thai Cave Rescue, Before Its Triumph, Teetered on the Brink of Disaster," 11 July 2018 Some of Warhol’s shots, particularly those featuring famous friends at clubs and social hotspots, mimic the invasive photos seen in celebrity tabloids. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitized," 11 July 2018 Using subway artist Lee Quinones as the lead and the media's curiosity about him as a pretext, Ahearn's narrative meanders through the clubs and rail yards of the South Bronx. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018 Fitzsimons said there are 124 clubs in North America and about 300 teams will compete in a tournament in Boston this August. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "'Five times faster than soccer': Irish football draws fans of Old World sport to Oak Forest," 9 July 2018 In addition, the company manages more than 150 restaurants at golf resorts, private clubs and other recreational facilities. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Scottdale's Troon expands beyond golf with tennis-company purchase," 9 July 2018 The game was head coach Wilmer Cabrera's 50th with the club and captain DeMarcus Beasley's 100th match in the league. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Philippe Senderos' goal in extra time pulls Dynamo to draw with Los Angeles FC," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The Cavs got clubbed for the second straight game on Thursday night, losing to the Toronto Raptors, 133-99. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers have history working against them in quest for another NBA championship," 12 Jan. 2018 Iconic moments from the era like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton clubbing together, Lohan's infamous ankle monitor, and Naomi Campbell's community service looks will all be depicted through various forms of art. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Museum Dedicated to Early 2000s Pop Culture Is Coming To New York," 24 July 2017 Starlin Castro clubbed a solo homer in the fifth off Arizona starter Zack Godley (9-5). Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Mistakes come back to haunt Marlins in loss to Arizona," 26 June 2018 Nadal saved another break point in a rally, and then saved another when del Potro clubbed a forehand wide. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Kevin Anderson Upsets Roger Federer at Wimbledon," 11 July 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 \

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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