country-club

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adjective

coun·​try-club ˈkən-trē-ˌkləb How to pronounce country-club (audio)
1
: typical, characteristic, or suggestive of a country club
a country-club atmosphere
a country-club prison
2
: having qualities (such as affluence) associated with the members of a country club
a country-club conservative

country club

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noun

: a suburban club for social life and recreation
especially : one having a golf course

Examples of country-club in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Of course, students at country-club colleges are loath to rush through a pleasant four-year staycation or to leave their friends behind, and faculty don’t want to have to adjust their schedules, courses, or assignments. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 The in-room dining menu features old-school country-club fare with modern flair: minestrone soup, local oysters, tiger prawns, and a club sandwich. Christopher Cameron, Robb Report, 26 Aug. 2023 Sebastian clearly loves and respects his hard-working, blue-collar father, but this film forces Salvo to try bending to the whims of these shallow country-club dwellers. Odie Henderson, BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2023 The seven plaintiffs say that the restaurant spent at least some of that money—meant to pay workers and keep restaurants afloat as Covid-19 forced eateries to shut down—on extravagances like private planes and country-club dues. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 2 May 2023 Across the board, every coach gets a country-club or golf-club membership for their entire family. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2023
Noun
The film is based on the true story of a group of Mexican-American teen caddies in the 1950s who go on to out-golf the all-white country clubs that rejected them. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2024 Golf has surged in popularity in recent years, and L.A.’s courses — convenient and affordable — draw players who can’t (or won’t) pay the five- and six-figure initiation fees to gain entry to tony private country clubs. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 At near $145 Grand this Range Rover SE SUV will look stunning at your local country club, driving to your lake front Tahoe house, or just picking up some weekend warrior stuff at Home Depot. Tony Leopardo, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 Gale said the tenor of community relations since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel has degraded severely, pointing to February vandalism of a predominantly Jewish country club in West Bloomfield Township, a community in metro Detroit. USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2024 On the latest Curb Your Enthusiasm episode, Larry David (the character) is accused of being the anonymous writer of a letter griping about his Los Angeles country club. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Feb. 2024 The series opens in the early summer days of 1969 at Palm Beach’s most exclusive country club, the Palm Royale. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 18 Mar. 2024 Golf has long had an image as a country club sport, and city courses are a vital outlet for those who can’t afford private memberships, with their five- and six-figure initiation fees. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2024 The setup was that Loughlin, who loves to play golf, was being black-balled from L.A. country clubs due to her role in the 2019 scandal. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1762, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of country-club was in 1762

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“Country-club.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/country-club. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

country club

noun
: a suburban club for social life and recreation
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