WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
club /klʌb/USA pronunciation
n., v., clubbed, club•bing. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a heavy stick that can be used as a weapon;
cudgel:[countable]The police swung their clubs at the demonstrators.
- Sport a stick used to hit a ball in various games, such as golf:[countable]a set of golf clubs.
- [countable] a group of people organized for a social purpose: an athletic club.
- the building or rooms used or occupied by such a group:[countable]a game of tennis at the club.
- an organization that offers its members certain benefits:[countable]a book club.
- [countable] a nightclub or cabaret.
- [countable] a black figure on a playing card that resembles a three-leafed clover.
- [countable] a card bearing such figures:My last card was a club.
- clubs, the suit of cards so marked: [uncountable; used with a singular verb]Clubs has the lowest value in bridge.[countable; used with a plural verb]Clubs were bid first.
- to beat with or as if with a club:[~ + object]The riot police clubbed the demonstrators and hauled them away.
- to combine or join (together):[no object; ~ (+ together)]They clubbed (together) to buy their teacher a going-away present.
(klub),USA pronunciation n., v., clubbed, club•bing, adj. n.
- a heavy stick, usually thicker at one end than at the other, suitable for use as a weapon;
- a group of persons organized for a social, literary, athletic, political, or other purpose:They organized a computer club.
- the building or rooms occupied by such a group.
- an organization that offers its subscribers certain benefits, as discounts, bonuses, or interest, in return for regular purchases or payments:a book club;a record club;a Christmas club.
- a stick or bat used to drive a ball in various games, as golf.
- See Indian club.
- a nightclub or cabaret:Last night we went to all the clubs in town.
- a black trefoil-shaped figure on a playing card.
- a card bearing such figures.
- clubs, (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the suit so marked:Clubs is trump. Clubs are trump.
- FoodSee club sandwich.
- Naval Terms[Naut.]
- a short spar attached to the end of a gaff to allow the clew of a gaff topsail to extend beyond the peak of the gaff.
- a short spar attached to the truck of a mast to support the upper part of a club topsail.
- clubfoot (def. 3).
- to beat with or as with a club.
- to gather or form into a clublike mass.
- to unite;
- to contribute as one's share toward a joint expense;
make up by joint contribution (often fol. by up or together):They clubbed their dollars together to buy the expensive present.
- to defray by proportional shares.
- to hold (a rifle, shotgun, etc.) by the barrel, so as to use the stock as a club.
- to combine or join together, as for a common purpose.
- to attend a club or a club's activities.
- to gather into a mass.
- to contribute to a common fund.
- Naval Terms[Naut.]to drift in a current with an anchor, usually rigged with a spring, dragging or dangling to reduce speed.
- of or pertaining to a club.
- consisting of a combination of foods offered at the price set on the menu:They allow no substitutions on the club luncheon.
- Old Norse klubba club; akin to clump
- Middle English clubbe 1175–1225
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bludgeon, billy.
- 2, 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged association, society. See circle.
- 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bludgeon, batter, maul, cudgel.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
club /klʌb/ n
vb (clubs, clubbing, clubbed)
- a stout stick, usually with one end thicker than the other, esp one used as a weapon
- a stick or bat used to strike the ball in various sports, esp golf
- short for Indian club
- a group or association of people with common aims or interests
- the room, building, or facilities used by such a group
- a building in which elected, fee-paying members go to meet, dine, read, etc
- a commercial establishment in which people can drink and dance; disco
See also nightclub
- chiefly Brit an organization, esp in a shop, set up as a means of saving
an informal word for friendly society
- the black trefoil symbol on a playing card
- a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl) the suit of cards so marked
- in the club ⇒ Brit slang pregnant
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse klubba, related to Middle High German klumpe group of trees, clump, Old English clympre lump of metal
- (transitive) to beat with or as if with a club
- (often followed by together) to gather or become gathered into a group
- (often followed by together) to unite or combine (resources, efforts, etc) for a common purpose
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