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 Researchers received 6,237 completed surveys from employees of 26 clubs. NBC News, "Shanghai Disneyland reopens after three-month closure," 11 May 2020 No fans, then, but the money from lucrative TV rights is much needed by soccer clubs, Germany included. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Dynamo Dresden's game canceled after positive coronavirus tests as Bundesliga resumption approaches," 10 May 2020 The third step will allow gatherings of up to 100 people and staff to return to work at pubs, clubs and gaming venues. Fox News, "Australia plans to lift coronavirus lockdown by July, even though it only has 20 cases a day," 9 May 2020 Mayor Park Won-soon said health workers were trying to contact some 1,940 people who had been at the three clubs and other places nearby. Anchorage Daily News, "Outbreaks in Germany, S. Korea show the risks in easing up," 9 May 2020 Late-spring and summer events — graduations, league softball, horse and dog shows, the circus and club and business meetings — were canceled. Paula Allen,, "Much like COVID-19, polio shut down schools, public places in 1946; officials urged hand washing and social distancing," 9 May 2020 Using fists, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks, wooden spoons, ladles or anything else that doubles as a battering ram, smash that sucker to bits. Adriana Balsamo, New York Times, "How to Make Your Own Coronavirus Piñata (and Then Smash It)," 9 May 2020 So did hair salons, night clubs, gyms, pools, art galleries and churches. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Iceland Is Ready to Reopen After Just 6 Weeks of Lockdown (Video)," 5 May 2020 Whitehead joins Booth Tarkington, William Faulkner, and John Updike in this exclusive club. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Colson Whitehead becomes fourth novelist ever to win Pulitzer Prize twice," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a new ad, Rossman, a German pharmacy chain, highlighted how modern shopping shares traits commonly associated with a night of clubbing (lines outside, a bouncer at the door, hiding your identity from others). Karen Ho, Quartz, "Advertisers know you’re tired of somber Covid-19 ads, so they’re adding humor," 4 May 2020 After nights out clubbing, the family would talk about their experiences over lunch, Arnau Jr. recalls. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Spanish Party Company Elrow Pushes the Limits of EDM by Leaning on the Absurd," 10 July 2019 Andy Messersmith struck out 11 batters, and the California Angels clubbed Milwaukee on April 7, 1970, in the season opener. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Baseball returns to Milwaukee after four-year absence," 27 Apr. 2020 Yet simple, one-directional livestreams only scratch the surface of the rapidly expanding virtual-clubbing landscape. Michelle Lhooq, Fortune, "People are paying real money to get into virtual Zoom nightclubs," 14 Apr. 2020 Other people might feel differently; other people are clubbing on their beds. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Pop Music’s Version of Life Doesn’t Exist Anymore," 19 Mar. 2020 Bumgarner clubbed a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's 6-5 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks to become the first pitcher in baseball history with two on Opening Day. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Madison Bumgarner made history on Arizona Diamondbacks' Opening Day … in 2017," 26 Mar. 2020 HALF PAST seven on a chilly Monday evening is hardly clubbing prime-time. The Economist, "Strings of life Berliners fear “club death”," 1 Feb. 2020 Right as Ante Zizic was pushing his way into the rotation, he got clubbed in the head by Denver’s Mason Plumlee and Zizic has been dealing with scary vertigo-like symptoms that have sidelined him indefinitely. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers at a ‘standstill,' players believe they should be further along than they are," 24 Jan. 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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13 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Club.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 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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