Main definitions of club in English

: club1club2

club1

noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural An association dedicated to a particular interest or activity.

    ‘I belong to a photographic club’
    as modifier ‘the club secretary’
    • ‘If the school allows parent-organised clubs to meet on school premises, then it must do so on a neutral basis.’
    • ‘The club would include creative activities such as arts and crafts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They stress the importance of club activities to the creation of a healthy, well-rounded individual.’
    • ‘Reports on the club's activities and finances were given by the secretary and treasurer.’
    • ‘A committee of young people has been set up to run the club and its activities.’
    • ‘This is part of the club's fund raising activities and in all over thirty kids will make the journey.’
    • ‘Sadly around fifteen years ago interest waned and the club ceased to be active.’
    • ‘College campuses are rife with activities, interesting speakers, clubs, performances, you name it.’
    • ‘The hotel offers free swimming for children and other special discounts on club activities.’
    • ‘The secretary gave a detailed report on the activities of the club during the year.’
    • ‘In that first issue the Editor found space to give an account of the activities of several clubs and associations, some of which are no longer functioning.’
    • ‘The club have plenty of activities lined up and are looking forward to a busy year.’
    • ‘If we are to move forward, we must espouse this more positive approach in all dimensions of the club's activity.’
    • ‘This course may be of particular interest to clubs and societies in the area.’
    • ‘Its sub groups included clubs for activities like drama, art and crafts, and country dancing.’
    • ‘In motoring, the state automobile associations began as sporting clubs but quickly became service organisations and insurers.’
    • ‘You are asked to list recreational interests and activities, membership of clubs and societies.’
    • ‘He also thanked the local media for the publicity it had given the club's activities over the past number of years.’
    • ‘I had asthma, various allergies and a sharp pain in my right side, so I joined a slimming club.’
    society, association, organization, institution, group
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    1. 1.1 The premises used by a particular club.
      ‘a jazz club’
      ‘a social club’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were also told to stay away from any licensed premises, particularly pubs and clubs.’
      • ‘He gives concerts every Friday evening in the vineyard jazz club and I have yet to get out there to witness this prodigy.’
      • ‘Tens of thousands of revellers are expected to flock into the city centre's pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants.’
      • ‘There are pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, galleries and museums - facilities galore.’
      • ‘Like many other people here, I would rather spend the evening at home than risk going to a bar, club or restaurant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All licensed premises such as pubs, clubs, restaurants and even cinemas and theatres will have to apply for new style licences.’
      • ‘His father was in the hospitality business, being involved with restaurants, jazz clubs and a small hotel.’
      • ‘The jazz club where I used to hang out in the city centre was raided last week.’
      • ‘Pubs,clubs and other licensed premises in most of Australia will be smoke free by July, officials announced last week.’
      • ‘As a teenager, he had sat in the coffee bars and jazz clubs, and later watched rock 'n' roll and blues enter the city.’
      • ‘I had walked into the jazz club with little or no expectations.’
      • ‘It will make it an offence to light up in a pub, bar, club or restaurant and offenders could be fined.’
      • ‘My parents use to sneak me into jazz clubs when I was underage’
      • ‘Nursing homes, social clubs, pubs, filling stations and hotels across the city have all been gobbled up by developers and turned into flats.’
      • ‘It is thought that the attack took place at a club in empty premises above shops.’
      • ‘I usually have to go into Manchester if I want to go to a jazz club, for example.’
      • ‘Visually, the film perfectly recreates the dark and smoky atmosphere of 1950s jazz clubs.’
      • ‘Later we will have dinner and drinks, before dancing the night away at a jazz club.’
    2. 1.2 An organization offering members social amenities, meals, and temporary residence.
      ‘we had dinner at his club’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3usually with modifier A commercial organization offering members special benefits.
      ‘a shopping club’
      • ‘Car club members pay a monthly subscription and then hire by the hour for less than usual car hire rates.’
      • ‘You may have a drink or a snack at the Pool Bar at pool club membership prices.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4with adjective or noun modifier A group of people or nations having something in common.
      ‘the wild man of the movies refused to join the teetotal club’
      • ‘How many nations need to join the nuclear club before we need a newer, nastier Deadliest Weapon In The Universe?’
      • ‘Poland was finally confirmed as one of the new club of European nations.’
      society, association, organization, institution, group
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  • 2treated as singular or plural An organization constituted to play matches in a particular sport.

    as modifier ‘a football club’
    • ‘I pulled him back into the football club and gave him a year's contract with a view to making it longer.’
    • ‘Yes we do have a problem with a minority of fans at away games, but so does every football club in the country.’
    • ‘He was a nice man to work for and he made me the club captain for the first time in my career.’
    • ‘He is club captain and that's why, if he's back, it's going to be a big boost for the other players.’
    • ‘A board member of a football club has managed to secure one of the most sought after signatures in the game.’
    • ‘At that same moment, the captain of the badminton club walked into the gym.’
    • ‘He is a great player and captain for both club and country and that is why I have put him in my dream team.’
    • ‘A lot of the players here haven't got the passion needed to play at this football club.’
    • ‘He said the team was playing training matches with local clubs to help it tune up for the tournament.’
    • ‘Can we blame league club managers for not motivating their players to work harder to become more skilled by practising much more?’
    • ‘Any player who cannot play, please inform your club captain, so a reserve pair can take your place.’
    • ‘So what if she next decides she wants her own football club, playing at the bottom of her garden.’
    • ‘Although he has played some club matches, this will be his initial first-class game.’
    • ‘In recent years there have been hardly any problems at club matches or international games.’
    • ‘The council had so far employed six players from the football club and was considering employing some more.’
    • ‘All this of course costs a great deal of money and it seems that our flagship clubs in whatever sport are struggling to find the sponsors locally.’
    • ‘The sixth game was evenly matched, with both clubs playing good defense and the pitchers throwing well.’
    • ‘I remember the Boxing Day matches between the two clubs and the fierce rivalry they generated.’
    • ‘They have grown to become the biggest club in the Football League.’
    • ‘From the outside, one would have to say he was not in control of the football club.’
    team, squad, side, group, line-up
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  • 3A nightclub playing fashionable dance music.

    as modifier ‘the club scene’
    • ‘One analyst of the afterhours scene thinks the clubs should be encouraged rather than attacked.’
    • ‘It is also the ideal spot for teenagers who love lying out on the beach and then hitting the amusement park and the pubs and clubs at night.’
    • ‘A lot of the club and rave scene is decadent and I really don't like this aspect.’
    • ‘For the first time in my life however, I really want to be young again so I can be part of the club scene.’
    • ‘This collection features only the songs that created the disco scene in the clubs of early 1970s New York.’
    • ‘The small town businesses were closing up and letting the clubs and hot spots take over the night shift.’
    • ‘This music revolution seems to have had great effect on the local club scene, or has it really?’
    • ‘May we have a definite decision on the policy of opening hours for the clubs, bars and night spots?’
    • ‘On the club front, every night seems to have limitless beat potential this weekend.’
    • ‘Before these larger clubs came on the scene, there already was music being played here.’
    • ‘This is a representation of the club scene; I love the gold lamé trousers!’
    • ‘For the most part I have felt welcomed by the male DJs from the club and rave scenes.’
    • ‘Live music thumps out of the bars and clubs, a music scene that has produced artists as varied as The Undertones and Dana.’
    • ‘However, their club scene took off and they went from strength to strength.’
    • ‘They are not an option at any decent night club (many clubs nowadays have stricter dress codes than some offices).’
    • ‘They have a new night that promises to rehabilitate the northern club scene, go check it out!’
    • ‘He was in his early 20s when he became a DJ and began to play at clubs and night spots throughout the region.’
    • ‘They do like to go for it on a night out, hence our vibrant club culture.’
    • ‘When the chance came up again to run one of London's big clubs, ego replaced common sense.’
    • ‘When the band finishes the stage is quickly cleared, and the club night starts in earnest.’
    nightclub, night spot, disco, discotheque, cabaret club, supper club, bar
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1club togetherBritish Combine with others so as to collect a sum of money for a particular purpose.

    ‘friends and colleagues clubbed together to buy him a present’
    • ‘I asked if we could club together to pay the fee and was told no.’
    • ‘Businesses, friends and relatives have clubbed together to raise money to help his parents cope with the financial burden by setting up a special trust fund.’
    • ‘If not the band will have to club together to buy a new set.’
    • ‘The directors could club together to buy such an establishment but that is unlikely to go down well with the players.’
    • ‘Residents in blocks of flats had begun to club together to buy generators.’
    • ‘It sounded like the pair of them were trying to club together to buy a bag of chips and get a taxi home.’
    • ‘They clubbed together and bought a collective gravestone.’
    • ‘A team of oxen at ploughing time was vital and a village might club together to buy one or two and then use them on a rota basis.’
    • ‘Instead, the borough's mayor is urging schools, churches and voluntary groups to club together and make sure lonely elderly people still enjoy Christmas cheer.’
    • ‘Alternatively, club together with a bunch of mates and rent a superb seafront villa in Ibiza.’
    • ‘Then I saw the staff club together to try to buy some gifts for the men and women who would be spending Christmas as patients on the ward.’
    • ‘Many retailers are giving a discount on six or more bottles, so it also makes economic sense to club together with friends or family.’
    • ‘Traders decided to club together to fund a promotion aimed at presenting a better image of the area.’
    • ‘They have to drop their parochial attitude, club together and shape their own futures.’
    • ‘We should really club together and get them the latest album.’
    • ‘I often encourage them to club together to buy a particular wine if they want to taste it.’
    • ‘Shortly after I had got my guitar, Tony and I decided to club together and buy a proper amp.’
    • ‘Some friends recently clubbed together to buy me a telescope for my 40th birthday, and I've had great pleasure from it.’
    • ‘The scheme encourages residents to club together to raise money to install gates at the entrance of alleyways.’
    • ‘Cleaners working early hours would often club together and order a private-hire car.’
    pool resources, make a kitty, join forces, make a joint contribution, divide costs, share costs
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  • 2informal Go out to nightclubs.

    ‘she enjoys going clubbing in Oxford’
    • ‘I highly recommend this place to start off the night of clubbing.’
    • ‘Her new life, sharing digs with fellow models and going clubbing for the first time in her life, was a shock.’
    • ‘The rest of the weekend was spent clubbing and not getting enough sleep.’
    • ‘For good or ill, leisure developments, late night drinking and clubbing are part of the 21st century scene.’
    • ‘She looks like someone who works in a bank and has a cool haircut for going clubbing on the weekend.’
    • ‘Had they been going clubbing, he would have been more appropriately dressed.’
    • ‘I'm going clubbing to put my newly found masculinity to the test.’
    • ‘Saturday is all set to be the best night's clubbing of the year so far.’
    • ‘One of the true treasures in life is knowing the location of a late-night spot where you can get food after a night of clubbing.’
    • ‘Sit back for a moment and imagine a glamorous night of clubbing in Paris.’
    • ‘I'm staying in a hotel this time, to enjoy a Saturday night of clubbing.’
    • ‘The clubbing is really great, but there are also such beautiful places, like the Great Barrier Reef.’
    • ‘He needed to keep an eye on her, he'd decided earlier this evening, when he'd heard they were all going clubbing.’
    • ‘I'm going to have some drinks, catch up with an old friend and do some clubbing.’
    • ‘He said that the atmosphere was relaxed because it was a family resort, without much clubbing or loud music.’
    • ‘The man himself got out of the driver's seat along with several other people, who were all dressed up for a night of clubbing.’
    • ‘On the weekends she was likely to be hanging out with her friends, going clubbing at a nightclub or to a rock concert.’
    • ‘This new age approach to clubbing is paying dividends, with the club turning away hundreds of people every weekend.’
    • ‘When I was about fifteen I started going clubbing.’
    • ‘I've always found going clubbing mildly ridiculous, which probably added to the novelty of last night's outing.’

Phrases

  • in the club (or the pudding club)

    • informal Pregnant.

      • ‘The last I heard of him was that his girlfriend was in the club and they left, leaving us alone again.’
      expecting a baby, having a baby, with a baby on the way, having a child, expectant, carrying a child
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  • join the club

    • informal in imperativeUsed as an observation that someone else is in a similar difficult situation to oneself.

      ‘if you're confused, join the club!’
      • ‘So you see, when the Prime Minister says he could do with some co-operation, join the club, so could we.’
      • ‘But if you're wondering what the hell I'm stammering about in the final minute, join the club!’

Origin

Early 17th century (as a verb): formed obscurely from club.

Pronunciation

club

/klʌb/

Main definitions of club in English

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club2

noun

  • 1A heavy stick with a thick end, used as a weapon.

    ‘they beat him with a wooden club’
    • ‘I saw an extremist mob with clubs and swords standing on the other side of the road.’
    • ‘Other researchers think that the head injuries resulted from fights using clubs or other weapons.’
    • ‘Militants wielding clubs and sticks chased the farmer into his house, demanding he leave the property.’
    • ‘The security forces unleashed an immense barrage of teargas as well as using water cannon and clubs.’
    • ‘Police said youth armed with machetes, knives, clubs and stones surrounded the building.’
    • ‘In that incident, police used tear gas, clubs, heavy plastic shields and live ammunition against the protesters.’
    • ‘Wielding his weapon like a club he charged the remaining two guards and flung himself at them.’
    • ‘Hundreds of hired thugs attacked a group of farmers in the village with hunting rifles, clubs and other weapons.’
    • ‘Between four and five men, armed with weapons including a shotgun and a club, broke into the secluded home early yesterday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A 78-year-old woman sent a robber packing after she cracked him across the head with a wooden club.’
    • ‘Ironically, guns have replaced knives and clubs as the weapons of choice among many criminals.’
    • ‘Newspapers reported a fierce clash between troops and a group of hundreds of students armed with swords and wooden clubs.’
    • ‘Alongside bows and arrows, clubs seem to have been a favourite weapon.’
    • ‘The situation escalated, with villagers attacking each other with clubs and other weapons.’
    • ‘Thugs came to my house wielding clubs and swords.’
    cudgel, truncheon, bludgeon, baton, stick, mace, staff, bat
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    1. 1.1
      short for golf club
      • ‘Dad eventually got me a set of second-hand clubs, and I've been playing ever since.’
      • ‘There's a good selection of lightweight Sunday bags on the market, and you don't need to carry a full set of clubs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The key to good tempo is to keep the club speed the same during the backswing and the downswing.’
      • ‘Rattle the clubs in your bag when the opponent is addressing a shot.’
      • ‘I try to get the feeling that my left hand pushes the club away at the start of the backswing.’
      • ‘Anyone wishing to experience golf for the first time will receive one-hour of free coaching, when golf balls and clubs are also provided free.’
      • ‘I change my clubs quite a bit, depending on the type of golf course I'm playing.’
      • ‘To hit it higher I widen my stance, which lowers my hands and adds loft to the club.’
      • ‘I always use the same six clubs, working my way up from the sand wedge to the driver.’
      • ‘Also, most golfers slice, so they swing the club to the left in an attempt to compensate.’
      • ‘This swing lets the loft of the club get the ball in the air the way it should.’
      • ‘You don't have to invest in a complete set of clubs in the beginning.’
      • ‘I also know that many golfers have already begun the season, but I'm just digging my clubs out of the garage.’
      • ‘Every golfer is different, so the right 14 clubs for your buddy may not be right for you.’
      • ‘What's clear, though, is that all you need to play it is three clubs: a driver, a wedge and a putter.’
      • ‘How much can a golfer have clubs lengthened or shortened to compensate for height?’
      • ‘Then he hands the girls two clubs and two golf balls.’
  • 2clubsOne of the four suits in a conventional pack of playing cards, denoted by a black trefoil.

    • ‘I looked at the card and could hardly believe it - seven of clubs.’
    • ‘For example if we are partners, we might agree that a bid of one club by me shows a strong hand, but has nothing to do with wanting clubs as trumps.’
    • ‘He has, among other cards, an 8 of clubs.’
    • ‘For example if hearts are trumps, the jack of clubs is the highest heart, and has nothing whatever to do with the club suit.’
    • ‘The card much to her disappointment was the mere four of clubs.’
    • ‘The queen of clubs belongs for all purposes to the trump suit, not to the club suit.’
    • ‘When 5 play it is necessary to take out two cards - the twos of clubs and diamonds.’
    • ‘My father also had an ace of hearts, an ace of clubs and the fifth card was a jack of spades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The player who was dealt the 2 of clubs is not allowed to discard it to the trump pile, since it must be led to the first trick.’
    • ‘At the same time, the card cheat is glancing furtively around to make sure no one is watching while he pulls an extra ace of clubs from his belt.’
    • ‘Whoever has the two of clubs (or diamonds if the clubs are trump) leads first.’
    • ‘The chief differences are that you must make an exact bid instead of a minimum bid, and clubs are trump.’
    • ‘The player with the higher of the two cards (ace of spades is highest, 2 of clubs lowest) will deal the cards for the next match.’
    • ‘As a wit summed it up: When there is no agreement as to which suit is trumps, clubs are always trumps.’
    • ‘In other words, it is of the club suit and outranked by all other clubs.’
    • ‘Players should now sort out the cards according to suit hearts, clubs, etc.’
    • ‘She had only the Ace of clubs and the Jack of hearts.’
    • ‘Her cards are strong - she has the ace of diamonds, the ace and queen of clubs, the ace and king of hearts.’
    • ‘He had an ace and king of clubs, which meant I needed diamonds or tens.’
    1. 2.1 A card of such a suit.
      • ‘Suppose its late in the game, and you have a lot of trumps, and 2 medium-to-high ranking clubs.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Beat (a person or animal) with a club or similar implement.

    ‘the islanders clubbed whales to death’
    • ‘Graphic images of seals being clubbed to death or shot helps sustain an international boycott on their fur.’
    • ‘Captured once, he escaped and survived another year before being clubbed to death.’
    • ‘There were reports that the police clubbed several women, though there were no hospital reports of injuries.’
    • ‘I swung and clubbed him on the side of the jaw with the manacles, sending him tumbling.’
    • ‘My fists balled, I clubbed the man on the back of the head, grabbing his keys as he fell.’
    • ‘Personally, I think these practitioners should be clubbed over the head.’
    • ‘They ran him through with their bayonets and clubbed him with iron bars.’
    • ‘He struggled even harder against his bonds, until someone clubbed him in the back of the head.’
    • ‘A security guard was in hospital today after gun-toting robbers clubbed him over the head in a raid on a supermarket.’
    • ‘I reached for a rock and clubbed him from behind.’
    • ‘Stragglers were shot and those that fell down exhausted were clubbed to death or left to die.’
    • ‘A young couple were robbed by thugs who clubbed the boyfriend with a wooden pole.’
    • ‘She recalls seeing a kind looking elderly gentleman being clubbed to death by someone she recognized.’
    • ‘The chicks are clubbed to death and then decapitated.’
    • ‘She was attacked from behind and probably never even saw the killer who clubbed her three times over the head with a rounded blunt instrument, possibly a hammer.’
    • ‘Last August one diner clubbed another with a baseball bat when the latter intervened in a dispute over a missing cheeseburger.’
    • ‘A teenage security guard today spoke of his terror as he was repeatedly clubbed over the head with the handle of a gun by an armed robber.’
    • ‘But if the police clubbed this guy to death, I was determined to run into the alley and stop the violence.’
    • ‘It appears that after Cook was wounded in the back, islanders clubbed him to death.’
    • ‘The animals were usually clubbed to death when they came ashore to breed.’
    cudgel, bludgeon, bash, beat with a stick, strike with a stick
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Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse clubba, variant of klumba; related to clump.

Pronunciation

club

/klʌb/