night·club | \ˈnīt-ˌkləb \

Definition of nightclub 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a place of entertainment open at night usually serving food and liquor and providing music and space for dancing and often having a floor show


nightclubbed; nightclubbing; nightclubs

Definition of nightclub (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to patronize nightclubs

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Other Words from nightclub


nightclubber noun

Synonyms for nightclub

Synonyms: Noun

bistro, cabaret, café (also cafe), club, roadhouse

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Examples of nightclub in a Sentence


decided to go dancing at a local nightclub after the long dinner and movie

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nearly a year after checking into rehab, Odom collapsed at a nightclub in Los Angeles in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2017. Natalie Stone,, "Khloé Kardashian's Ex Lamar Odom Reveals That He's 'Decided to Move' to China — Find Out Why," 11 July 2018 His adventures include hilariously pretending to hang on to a tree for dear life while hiking and singing his heart out at a nightclub. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "5 hilarious moments from Jimmy Butler's 2018 NBA offseason," 4 July 2018 Eight people were shot overnight at a nightclub in Ashburn, police confirm. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "BREAKING: 8 shot at Ashburn nightclub; no fatalities, police say," 30 June 2018 On the night of September 24, 2016, revelers at a nightclub threw a bottle at Brown and an altercation followed, his supporters say. NBC News, "Chinese court hands U.S. football coach Wendell Brown 4-year prison sentence," 28 June 2018 Mateen was killed at the nightclub in a shootout with police. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Pulse nightclub massacre anniversary to be marked by die-in's across country," 12 June 2018 The day marked two years since the Pulse shooting, in which a gunman opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 49 people — the second-deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history., "A 7-Year-Old Activist Tells Us Why She Speaks Out Against Gun Violence," 12 June 2018 The assailant stabbed the man and another patron at the nightclub, and a bouncer was injured in the incident. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Strict liquor rules, responsible business owners helping keep bar-related crime down in Naperville, officials say," 11 May 2018 Sacramento police in 2016 challenged her account of a shooting at a nightclub. Anita Chabria, sacbee, "These five activists are keeping the peace in Sacramento in the wake of Stephon Clark | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nightclub


1871, in the meaning defined above


1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nightclub was in 1871

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English Language Learners Definition of nightclub

: a place that is open at night, has music, dancing, or a show, and usually serves alcoholic drinks and food


night·club | \ˈnīt-ˌkləb \

Kids Definition of nightclub

: a place of entertainment open at night usually serving food and alcoholic beverages and having music for dancing

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