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
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

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Other Words from club


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for club

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 The start of the weekend among the bars and clubs of Manhattan’s Lower East Side looked — and felt — more as if the end of one. David Gonzalez, New York Times, "Coronavirus Has Already Muted One of N.Y.’s Rowdiest Night Life Areas," 15 Mar. 2020 Some clubs have posted social media videos of staff disinfecting stadiums to reassure fans – even as leagues around the world suspend their seasons. David Agren, USA TODAY, "Mexico holds off canceling mass gatherings amid coronavirus threat," 15 Mar. 2020 The club scene has long been a vital lifeblood for Berlin with 3 million tourists and many more locals crowding the 280 dance and party venues such as Berghain, Tresor, Sisyphos and Pearl each year. Los Angeles Times, "In Berlin, coronavirus curtails concerts, other nightlife," 15 Mar. 2020 In a televised press conference, Philippe said that starting at midnight Saturday, all places that are not essential to French living, including restaurants, cafes, cinemas and clubs, will be closed. From Barbara Wojazer, CNN, "France to close all restaurants, cafes, cinemas and clubs due to coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020 A week later, Sproule performed at her neighborhood venue, an old private swimming club tucked away in a clutch of evergreens. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 Springer is entering his final year of club control. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' George Springer donates $100K to Minute Maid Park employees," 14 Mar. 2020 No clubs or athletic teams will meet during the closure and school lunches already ordered will be refunded. Mj Slaby, Indianapolis Star, "List of Indianapolis area coronavirus school closings," 13 Mar. 2020 The decision was made on Friday following an emergency meeting by the league and all 20 clubs. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "English Premier League Soccer Suspended Amid Coronavirus Fears," 13 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After the furor caused when Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee — an attack commissioned by rival Tonya Harding’s husband — Kwan finished second to Harding at the event. Los Angeles Times, "Longevity, excellence, perseverance in the face of crushing defeats — why we love Michelle Kwan," 9 Mar. 2020 So, how was it that a more talented roster was getting clubbed by double digits almost nightly? Chris Fedor, cleveland, "How John Beilein’s coaching tenure with Cleveland Cavaliers crumbled so quickly: Chris Fedor," 19 Feb. 2020 Singer admitted to shooting the husband and wife and clubbing the daughter on the head and burying their bodies under the cow barn. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "A history of executions in Indiana," 11 Dec. 2019 Her Instagram account features shots of her traveling with friends, on fashion shoots and out clubbing. Ryan Bergeron, CNN, "Diagnosed with ALS at 14, she's now a disability lifestyle influencer," 8 June 2019 Still frees you up to move Winker or Ervin in any trade, plus Dickerson clubs the bejeebers out of the ball at GABP for some reason. Paul Uhls,, "Guest Morning Line: Let's figure out instant replay in sports or just stop using it," 3 Jan. 2020 Soto made a dynamic World Series debut in the Nationals’ 5-4 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday, clubbing an opposite-field homer and lashing a two-run double to left to help build an early lead off Gerrit Cole. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Nationals’ Juan Soto Goes From Tiniest Stage to Biggest," 22 Oct. 2019 The Mets captured the NL East crown and won their first pennant in 15 years before falling to the Royals in the World Series, with Cespedes clubbing 17 homers in 57 games and a .942 OPS. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Most important MLB trade deadline deals of the past 15 years," 23 July 2019 For the Rockies, the staff chose an outfielder who clubbed two homers at Coors Field on Wednesday and a pitcher who was the team’s first-round pick in 2018. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "And the Rockies’ 2019 prospects of the year are …," 20 Sep. 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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The first known use of club was in the 13th century

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18 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Club.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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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