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 club (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 Each winner receives a check and a plaque from the Rotary club and automatically is nominated as a candidate for the Career-Technical Student of the Year Award, which will be announced later this spring. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Rocky River Community Garden marks a decade of growth with new leadership: West Shore Chatter," 13 Apr. 2021 Last July, West Ham unveiled a new state-of-the-art women's training base at Chadwell Heath as part of a £22m ($30.2m) outlay from the club on infrastructure. Asif Burhan, Forbes, "First Women’s Super League Goalscorer Never Believed Players Would Become Professional," 12 Apr. 2021 The students said there was no overlap because Turning Point USA brought a different viewpoint from the liberal-leaning politics club. Jonathan Garber, Fox News, "Chicagoland prep school Loyola may have violated civil rights of conservative students, Army vet," 9 Apr. 2021 The Duke, wearing a suit and tie, then posed with the club in the palace grounds, and photographic proof was duly dispatched to Tanna. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Prince Philip’s Death and the Last Embers of British Stoicism," 9 Apr. 2021 San Antonio police seized an industrial generator and water tank from a North Side exotic dance club after the business continued operating without their certificate of occupancy. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "SAPD seizes generator, water tank from exotic dance club XTC Cabaret," 7 Apr. 2021 Life Time is far from the only club making this move. Jeff Strickler, Star Tribune, "Online fitness classes go mainstream," 2 Apr. 2021 The single race contest, held under strict COVID guidelines, saw a team from the host club, Elkridge-Harford, come home the winner in a time of 9:37 minutes over the 4-mile course. Maryanna Skowronski,, "Elkridge-Harford steeplechase team wins 101st running of Foxhall Farm Trophy Team Chase," 24 Mar. 2021 Proponents said the bill should be approved because South Carolinians already can order wine, for example, from a wine-of-the-month club. Ted O'neil, Washington Examiner, "South Carolina lawmakers push to expand alcohol sales," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Melton hit a solo homer in the third inning, slugged a grand slam in the seventh and then added another solo shot in the eighth, becoming the first Oregon State player to club three home runs in a game in 20 years. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers beat Utah Utes 17-3 to extend baseball winning streak to 7: Live updates recap," 2 Apr. 2021 More than a hundred Black officers were arrested for attempting to enter a Whites-only officers club when the 477th was stationed at Freeman Field in Indiana. Washington Post, "The Tuskegee Airmen got him recognition. But it was family and community that brought the reward.," 30 Mar. 2021 Will club basketball interfere with high school basketball? Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: How high school basketball, boys’ volleyball and wrestling will resume," 9 Mar. 2021 Surveillance footage showed him and Small together at a northwest Dallas strip club the previous night before leaving in Foreman’s car, the affidavit says. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Murder suspect was at northwest Dallas strip club with victim hours before shooting, police say," 1 Mar. 2021 In other words, both want to club the other with price controls. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Surprise! A Health Lobby Cage Match," 30 Dec. 2020 Blue ribbons also went to club President Joy Palazola and Judy Velez. Staff Report,, "Colonial Garden Club recognizes members' best Christmas doorways," 16 Dec. 2020 Treat Gourmet, a longtime catering company in Dubai, converted itself into a kosher food provider in a matter of weeks, as did a military officers club in Abu Dhabi. Washington Post, "Package-tour diplomacy: Thousands of Israeli tourists flock to Dubai after peace deal," 14 Dec. 2020 Many deals are offered to club members early and often include a bonus member discount. NBC News, "Even if you can't travel yet, there are still Black Friday deals," 27 Nov. 2020

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Club.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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