club

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

club

verb
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

Noun

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 Holly Stepp, who works for a biomedical company and lives in Raleigh, N.C., found herself in the club of wig novitiates. Cynthia Greenlee, New York Times, "Now’s the Time for Wigs. If You Can Get the Hair for Them.," 24 Sep. 2020 Antetokounmpo also becomes the 14th player with multiple MVP awards and the second international player in that club, joining Canada’s Steve Nash. Tim Reynolds, chicagotribune.com, "Giannis Antetokounmpo wins his 2nd straight NBA MVP award," 18 Sep. 2020 Antetokounmpo also becomes the 14th player with multiple MVP awards and the second international player in that club, joining Canada’s Steve Nash. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "Source: Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo wins 2nd straight NBA MVP award," 18 Sep. 2020 Antetokounmpo also becomes the 14th player with multiple MVP awards and the second international player in that club, joining Canada's Steve Nash. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Historic year: Antetokounmpo wins 2nd straight NBA MVP award," 18 Sep. 2020 When in the club, concourse or corridor spaces, fans should maintain a six-foot distance from other fans. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts allowed to seat maximum of 7,500 fans Week 3 vs. Jets," 17 Sep. 2020 Lambert’s vocals seemed to fill up the space in the tiny songwriters' club surrounded by tables and chairs, but no fans. Dallas News, "Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett tie for top prize at ACMs," 17 Sep. 2020 Steve Bullock wrote a letter that was used to solicit Chinese investment in a club for the megawealthy through the controversial EB-5 visa program. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Steve Bullock letter helped solicit Chinese EB-5 visa investment in resort for ultrawealthy," 15 Sep. 2020 After acquiring a 49% stake in the club in 2009, Hansen bought RSL outright from David Checketts in 2013. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Inside RSL’s toxic environment under Dell Loy Hansen and Andy Carroll," 6 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Physicists might have no choice but to club together because of the sheer quantity of xenon needed. Elizabeth Gibney, Scientific American, "Last Chance for WIMPs: Physicists Launch All-Out Hunt for Dark-Matter Candidate," 8 Oct. 2020 Several men's sports were also reduced to club status, although some were later restored. Mark Pratt, Star Tribune, "Brown women's sports settlement gets preliminary approval," 25 Sep. 2020 There's also a concern that if high school sports were shuttered, parents would take their children to club teams with much less monitoring and safety precautions. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Don't expect details on high school sports today," 14 Aug. 2020 Other cases include an 11-year-old maid, who was allegedly clubbed and burned by her employers, the organization said, adding that these examples are just the tip of the iceberg. Jack Guy And Sophia Saifi, CNN, "Eight-year-old girl tortured to death for releasing pet parrots, police say," 3 June 2020 Sometimes provoked but other times not, ESMAD agents have been seen clubbing protesters, kicking a woman in the face and casually tossing tear gas into peaceful demonstrations. Stephan Kueffner, Bloomberg.com, "Why Latin America’s Bloody Protests Won’t Die Out Anytime Soon," 12 May 2020 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

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First Known Use of club

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for club

Noun

Middle English clubbe, from Old Norse klubba; akin to Old High German kolbo club

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Time Traveler for club

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The first known use of club was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Club.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/club. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for club

club

noun
How to pronounce club (audio)

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

club

verb

English Language Learners Definition of club (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit (a person or animal) with a heavy stick or object

club

noun
\ 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

club

verb
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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