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

Miller will talk about his campaign and answer criticism for attending a fundraising event rather than the two-year remembrance ceremony at Pulse nightclub in June. Hal Boedeker,, "Jeff Greene, John Mina: Weekend TV guests," 5 July 2018 Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, kills 49 people and wounds 58 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando that was hosting a Latin night. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Capital Gazette shooting: Those who cover the news become the latest victim," 28 June 2018 At least 17 people have died after a tear-gas canister was detonated inside a nightclub in Caracas, Venezuela on Saturday, June 16, CNN reports. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Tear-Gas Explosion Causes Stampede at Venezuela Nightclub," 17 June 2018 Jamil is referring to the 2015 incident that took place at the Tao nightclub in Park City, Utah. Rebecca Farley,, "Jameela Jamil Wants To Know: Why Hasn't Emile Hirsch's Conviction Hurt His Career?," 8 June 2018 But drug sales at a nightclub have nothing to do with alcohol sales at a grocery store, whereas academic publishing has certain relevant similarities and weaknesses across fields. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The controversy around hoax studies in critical theory, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 At the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., where 49 people were killed in 2016, the building was sealed but became a makeshift and later a temporary memorial that attracts 1,700 visitors a week from members of the LGBT community and beyond. Meredith Cohn,, "What happens to the sites of mass shootings depends on where and what they are," 10 July 2018 Just hours after five people were shot at a Dolton nightclub May 14, 2017, village trustees gathered across the street at Village Hall for an impromptu news conference. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "One year later, Dolton trustees still seek answers in nightclub shooting that injured 5," 26 June 2018 June 12, 2016: 49 killed, 53 injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Houston Chronicle, "U.S. mass shootings claim victims at schools, hospitals, concerts," 18 May 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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