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, boîte, cabaret, café (also cafe), club, nightspot, nitery (also niterie), roadhouse, supper club

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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

Three women wore the dress (which is actually very cute!) to a nightclub in Brazil and were followed by a camera. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "It’s just one more example of post-#MeToo brand wokeness.," 29 Nov. 2018 The services feel like a rock concert, sometimes with lines around the block outside the Manhattan nightclub, Irving Plaza, where some of their Sunday services take place. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What You Need to Know About Hillsong Church and the Celebs Who Attend It," 3 Aug. 2018 A year after the mass shooting at the Cameo nightclub, its owner is in bankruptcy proceedings and remains entangled in a web of lawsuits. Kevin Grasha,, "1 year after Cameo mass shooting, bankruptcy, many lawsuits, a pending trial," 22 Mar. 2018 Lauderdale Airport last year, and the Pulse nightclub shooting which killed 49 in 2016. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "Florida candidates flock to Jacksonville ahead of highly anticipated primary," 27 Aug. 2018 What parents need to know about Summerfest's ban on large bags After the Pulse nightclub shooting That was Snell's first year as director of security. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Backpack restrictions are part of PrideFest security, but so is creating a safe space for the LGBTQ community," 5 June 2018 The Enquirer staff was awarded first place prizes for breaking news for its coverage of the Cameo nightclub shooting and the second mistrial of the Ray Tensing trial. Cameron Knight,, "Enquirer staff wins at Cleveland Press Club awards," 5 June 2018 The 36th annual event in downtown Fort Worth follows the Pulse nightclub shooting, and organizers wanted to encourage the LGBT community to live their lives in the open and without fear. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Transgender lesson in health class causing a stir at one Fort Worth campus | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 The Warriors’ first game of the NBA Finals was in overtime last Thursday night, but only a handful of patrons inside El Toro nightclub even glanced at the TV above the bar. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pro wrestling gets a hold in the city, San Francisco style," 5 June 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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