noun[treated as singular or plural]
- 1An association or organization dedicated to a particular interest or activity: a photography club [as modifier]: the club secretaryMore example sentences
- She began the year eating lunch alone in the library, and put aside any interest in school clubs and activities.
- To establish special interest groups and clubs to meet the needs of the young people.
- The hotel offers free swimming for children and other special discounts on club activities.
- 1.1The building or facilities used by a club.More example sentences
- And pubs, clubs and other licensed premises were gearing up for the new era of drinking, with the launch of the new, more flexible licensing laws.
- After a gourmet meal overlooking the Adriatic, the couple can take a short walk and visit one of the many wine bars, jazz clubs or outdoor theatres the city has to offer.
- It will make it an offence to light up in a pub, bar, club or restaurant and offenders could be fined.
- 1.2An organization or facility offering members social amenities, meals, and temporary residence: we had dinner at his clubMore example sentences
- It could also force change on social clubs and other organisations which insist that male members wear ties.
- The first members of these clubs were military officers, landowners, and professional and business men.
- 1.3A nightclub, especially one playing fashionable dance music.More example sentences
- He was in his early 20s when he became a DJ and began to play at clubs and night spots throughout the region.
- This collection features only the songs that created the disco scene in the clubs of early 1970s New York.
- Live music thumps out of the bars and clubs, a music scene that has produced artists as varied as The Undertones and Dana.
- 1.4 [treated as singular or plural] An organization constituted to play games in a particular sport: a football club [as modifier]: the club captainMore example sentences
- Yes we do have a problem with a minority of fans at away games, but so does every football club in the country.
- He is a great player and captain for both club and country and that is why I have put him in my dream team.
- Although he has played some club matches, this will be his initial first-class game.
- 1.5 [usually with modifier] A commercial organization offering subscribers special benefits: a shopping clubMore example sentences
- Becoming a member of an investment club would benefit her greatly.
- There is also the threat of a competition across the area from commercial health and fitness clubs.
- Car club members pay a monthly subscription and then hire by the hour for less than usual car hire rates.
- 1.6 [with adjective or noun modifier] A group of people, organizations, or nations having something in common: in cocktail lounges all over town convenes the daily meeting of the ain’t-it-awful clubMore example sentences
- Poland was finally confirmed as one of the new club of European nations.
- How many nations need to join the nuclear club before we need a newer, nastier Deadliest Weapon In The Universe?
verb (clubs, clubbing, clubbed)[no object] • informal Back to top
- Go out to nightclubs: she enjoys going clubbing in OrlandoMore example sentences
- On the weekends she was likely to be hanging out with her friends, going clubbing at a nightclub or to a rock concert.
- I've always found going clubbing mildly ridiculous, which probably added to the novelty of last night's outing.
- Her new life, sharing digs with fellow models and going clubbing for the first time in her life, was a shock.
in the club (or the pudding club)
- British • informal Pregnant.More example sentences
- The last I heard of him was that his girlfriend was in the club and they left, leaving us alone again.
join the club
- [in imperative] • informal , often • humorous Used as an observation that someone else is in a difficult or unwelcome situation similar to one’s own: if you’re confused, join the club!More example sentences
- But if you're wondering what the hell I'm stammering about in the final minute, join the club!
- So you see, when the Prime Minister says he could do with some co-operation, join the club, so could we.
early 17th century (as a verb): formed obscurely from club2.
- 1A heavy stick with a thick end, especially one used as a weapon.More example sentences
- They also make their own canoes as well as fishing and hunting implements such as spears, clubs, blow guns, arrows, and darts.
- Many of the arms were ‘low-tech weapons’ like studded clubs, knives and spears.
- The security forces unleashed an immense barrage of teargas as well as using water cannon and clubs.
- 1.1 short for golf club.More example sentences
- Without some good common sense and a notion of how hard golf balls and clubs are, a golf course can be a very dangerous place.
- He was so tired after holing the winning putt and putting the clubs away that they were not brought out again until Tuesday.
- Aim at a spot an inch or two behind the ball, take an upright backswing and drop the club on that spot.
- 2 (clubs) One of the four suits in a conventional deck of playing cards, denoted by a black trefoil.More example sentences
- The card much to her disappointment was the mere four of clubs.
- The four of clubs is described by some as the Devil's bedstead and is loathed by many players, who claim that no good hand can include this card.
- In other words, it is of the club suit and outranked by all other clubs.
- 2.1A playing card of the suit of clubs.More example sentences
- If the turned up card is a club, then clubs are automatically trump.
- Since player one now realizes that the other's card is not a club, he turns over all cards that aren't clubs.
- Suppose its late in the game, and you have a lot of trumps, and 2 medium-to-high ranking clubs.
verb (clubs, clubbing, clubbed)[with object] Back to top
- Beat (a person or animal) with a club or similar implement: the islanders clubbed whales to deathMore example sentences
- It appears that after Cook was wounded in the back, islanders clubbed him to death.
- But if the police clubbed this guy to death, I was determined to run into the alley and stop the violence.
- She recalls seeing a kind looking elderly gentleman being clubbed to death by someone she recognized.
Middle English: from Old Norse clubba, variant of klumba; related to clump.