A club is a group of people who share an interest, whether it's playing chess or hiding out in a tree house together.

You might join a club if you love to play golf or discuss books with a friendly bunch of people. This kind of club is a formal group — another type is simply a big, heavy stick, or a long metal one used for hitting a golf ball. You can even use it as a verb: "Don't club that snake! Just move it over to the field." The root word is the Old Norse klubba, or "cudgel, club."

Primary Meanings of club

a formal association of people with similar interests
unite with a common purpose
stout stick that is larger at one end
strike with a club or a bludgeon
a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more black trefoils on it
Full Definitions of club

n a formal association of people with similar interests

“he joined a golf club
gild, guild, lodge, order, social club, society
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athenaeum, atheneum
a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
a club that people join in order to buy selected books at reduced prices
a local branch of some fraternity or association
chess club
a club of people to play chess
country club
a suburban club for recreation and socializing
frat, fraternity
a social club for male undergraduates
glee club
a club organized to sing together
golf club
a club of people to play golf
hunt, hunt club
an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport
investors club
a club of small investors who buy and sell securities jointly
jockey club
a club to promote and regulate horse racing
racket club
club for players of racket sports
rowing club
a club for rowers
slate club
a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose (usually distributed at Christmas)
a social club for female undergraduates
a club of tumblers or gymnasts
boat club, yacht club
club that promotes and supports yachting and boating
service club
a club of professional or business people organized for their coordination and active in public services
tennis club
a club of people to play tennis
International Association of Lions clubs, Lions Club
club dedicated to promoting responsible citizenship and good government and community and national and international welfare
Rotary Club, Rotary International
a group of businessmen in a town organized as a service club and to promote world peace
Type of:
a formal organization of people or groups of people

n a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together

“each club played six home games with teams in its own division”
ball club, baseball club, nine
Type of:
baseball team
a team that plays baseball

n a building that is occupied by a social club

Type of:
building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

n a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink

“he played the drums at a jazz club
cabaret, night club, nightclub, nightspot
dive, honkytonk
a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall
supper club
usually a small luxurious nightclub
Type of:
a business establishment for entertainment

v unite with a common purpose

“The two men clubbed together”
Type of:
unify, unite
act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief

v gather and spend time together

“They always club together”
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assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet
collect in one place

n stout stick that is larger at one end

“he carried a club in self defense”
“he felt as if he had been hit with a club
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a club used for hitting a ball in various games
a club used as a weapon
a club that is used as a weapon
Indian club
a bottle-shaped club used in exercises
knobkerrie, knobkerry
a short wooden club with a heavy knob on one end; used by aborigines in southern Africa
lathee, lathi
club consisting of a heavy stick (often bamboo) bound with iron; used by police in India
baton, billy, billy club, billystick, nightstick, truncheon
a short stout club used primarily by policemen
baseball bat, lumber
an implement used in baseball by the batter
a cudgel used to give someone a beating on the soles of the feet
blackjack, cosh, sap
a piece of metal covered by leather with a flexible handle; used for hitting people
small wooden bat with a flat surface; used for hitting balls in various games
shillalah, shillelagh
a cudgel made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn)
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an implement consisting of a length of wood

n golf equipment used by a golfer to hit a golf ball

golf club, golf-club
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a golf club that has a relatively narrow metal head
a golf club with a long shaft used to hit long shots; originally made with a wooden head
(formerly) a golfing wood with a face more elevated that a driver but less than a spoon
driver, number one wood
a golf club (a wood) with a near vertical face that is used for hitting long shots from the tee
driving iron, one iron
(golf) the long iron with the most nearly vertical face
long iron
an iron with a long shaft and a steep face; for hitting long low shots
five iron, mashie
middle-distance iron
mashie niblick, seven iron
iron with a lofted face for hitting high shots to the green
metal wood
golf wood with a metal head instead of the traditional wooden head
midiron, two iron
long iron with a nearly vertical face
niblick, nine iron
an iron with considerable loft
putter, putting iron
the iron normally used on the putting green
short iron
an iron with a short shaft and pitched face; for hitting short high shots
formerly a golfing wood with an elevated face
(golf) an iron with considerable loft and a broad sole
Type of:
golf equipment
sports equipment used in playing golf

v strike with a club or a bludgeon

Type of:
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v gather into a club-like mass

club hair”
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

n a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more black trefoils on it

“he led a small club
clubs were trumps”
Type of:
playing card
one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games

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