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 Time is a big difference [in varsity games] since club games use a 15-minute running clock., 31 May 2021 His major social outlet was the local motorcycle club, the BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Her stock has skyrocketed since the club basketball picked back up and was recently named one of the nation’s top risers by ESPN. oregonlive, 31 May 2021 Ambassador horses go to places such as nursing homes, club meetings and parades. Mary Grace Keller,, 31 May 2021 This beachfront gem will deliver on the same anything-you-want service, but will also cater to families, with a kids' club and an outdoor street-food setup. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2021 Helio Castroneves at long last joined that exclusive club in a popular victory for the old guys. Jenna Fryer, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 No club can match Manchester City’s total transfer expenditure (£818.5m) in that time either. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Helio Castroneves joined the exclusive club of four-time Indianapolis 500 winners Sunday, and then scaled the fence at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in front of the largest crowd since the start of the pandemic. Jenna Fryer,, 30 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From a cooking class at your local cookware shop to a book club from your local bookstore, the possibilities to club-ify brick and mortar are endless. Benjamin Crudo, Forbes, 25 May 2021 The Beavers need just one home run to reach 50 this season and become the fifth OSU team since 2000 to club at least 50 in the regular season. ... Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 23 May 2021 John Caputo, the president of Bold City Brigade, a Jaguars supporters club with chapters around the country and overseas, likes to say that fair-weather Jacksonville fans cannot exist. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 During a 2018 confrontation at Sunset Cliffs, a stand-up paddle surfer used his paddle to club Eslinger in the head . Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 30 Mar. 2021 Will club basketball interfere with high school basketball? Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 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, 1 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Club.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 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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