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 As advocate group raises concerns about housing for Orioles minor leaguers, GM Mike Elias says club would ‘never allow a situation where someone is not safe’ 2021 is a test of consistency for the Orioles’ young outfielders. Baltimore Sun Staff,, 18 July 2021 Blanchard, who held a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in March, reported an expense of $13,984 to the club on March 12. Paul Gattis |, al, 16 July 2021 Howsam hired Kluszewski as a minor league hitting instructor in 1968 before promoting him to the major league club ahead of the 1970 season. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 14 July 2021 Those hoping to see FC Cincinnati's two Costa Rican internationals return to the club might be in for a longer wait. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 14 July 2021 Jarren Duran also played a huge role, and certainly would have been on the Olympic team as well, but because of the schedule and the potential for Duran to be called up to the big league club, Casas will be the lone Sox prospect in Tokyo., 9 July 2021 The Marlins recalled RHP Nick Neidert from Triple-A Jacksonville and optioned RHP Jordan Holloway to the same club., 8 July 2021 Furthermore, Gonçalo Paciência and promising Dejan Joveljić have returned to the club. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Each flag represented not an ideological belief, according to the club, but a veteran or other citizen who had inspired or helped the community. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, 3 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hotel is perfect for families with a large kids club too. Michele Robson, Forbes, 24 June 2021 The sale was created in partnership with the cryptocurrency members club More and is being hosted on Minitable. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 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

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Club.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 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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