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 clubbish (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for club

Synonyms: Noun

bastinado (or bastinade), bat, baton, billy, billy club, bludgeon, cane, cudgel, nightstick, rod, rung [Scottish], sap, shillelagh (also shillalah), staff, truncheon, waddy [Australian]

Synonyms: Verb

ally, associate, band (together), coalesce, cohere, confederate, conjoin, cooperate, federate, league, unite

Antonyms: Verb

break up, disband

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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

Her past hits are certainly no strangers to the club, of course, but this new album pushes even further into the experimental without much concern about radio appeal. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "It's Charli XCX's Party—and Everyone Is Invited," 13 Sep. 2019 Competitive ax-throwing clubs cropped up in Canada around a decade ago. Mackenzie Shuman, azcentral, "Need some stress relief? LumberjAxes opening ax-throwing venue in Glendale," 12 Sep. 2019 About 40 volunteers came out to help set up and keep the parade running smoothly, including members from several local Rotary clubs, members of Poway’s Community Emergency Response Team and community members. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway Rotary Parade marks 55th year with successful event," 12 Sep. 2019 Many women in Trinidad find work in bars and clubs, sometimes a gateway to prostitution. The Economist, "Millions of refugees from Venezuela are straining neighbours’ hospitality," 12 Sep. 2019 Each child would receive an equal stake in the team but only one would make final decisions for the club, represent the team at the league level and have the title of controlling owner. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "State of the Broncos: Expectations low, but confidence high entering regular season," 8 Sep. 2019 All four of those teams topped their league in ERA, and all but the GCL club, which was second, had the best WHIP in the league. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Orioles’ minor league playoff pushes fueled by pitching, first prong of new front office’s plan to rebuild system," 7 Sep. 2019 Viewers saw new Browns General Manager John Dorsey, a football lifer who was fresh from turning the Kansas City Chiefs into a perennial playoff club, rebuild the team's roster. Fortune, "Could Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham, Jr. Be Worth More to Cleveland Than LeBron?," 7 Sep. 2019 To hunt or fish, folks must either own large tracts of land, be a member of an outdoor club, or rely on access to a friend’s land. David L. Bernhardt, Twin Cities, "Interior Secretary: Here’s how we’re expanding hunting, fishing opportunities in Minnesota," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Protesters were seen throwing petrol bombs at the government headquarters and setting fires in the streets, while police charged into a subway station and indiscriminately clubbed passengers and fired pepper spray. Time Staff, Time, "Protesters Storm Hong Kong International Airport and Disrupt Transport Links," 1 Sep. 2019 Doubt lingered with him from his very first start as a knuckleballer, when he was clubbed for 14 hits and 12 runs. Matthew Gutierrez, The Denver Post, "The knuckleball is quickly going extinct in MLB," 15 Aug. 2019 The order of the high court was a result of several petitions which were clubbed together. Nikhil S Dixit, Quartz India, "Mumbai’s small fishing community is relieved after a $2 billion road is stalled," 14 Aug. 2019 Ruiz became the first heavyweight champ of Mexican descent by repeatedly clubbing Joshua about the head and making him quit. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Andy Ruiz says he's the boss in Anthony Joshua rematch negotiation: 'I call the shots now'," 6 June 2019 Last week, Clemens helped UT clinch a Big 12 championship by clubbing three two-run home runs in a series sweep of TCU. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' Kody Clemens named Golden Spikes Award semifinalist," 21 May 2018 That was the season the Cardinal clubbed Iowa 45-16 in the Rose Bowl and McCaffrey finished second in Heisman Trophy voting. Teddy Greenstein,, "6 things to know about Northwestern’s opener at Stanford, starting with the big question: Will it be Hunter Johnson or TJ Green at QB?," 27 Aug. 2019 The Twins have clubbed 236 home runs heading into the weekend, having already set a franchise record, and are on pace to break the Yankees’ single-season MLB mark of 267, set last year. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "With baseball amid a historic power surge, the Rockies find themselves behind the home run curve," 18 Aug. 2019 In January 2024, Italy’s parliament dramatically refused to ratify the alliance, with populist parties on left and right clubbing together. The Economist, "Europe alone: July 2024," 6 July 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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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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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