From Middle English clubbe, from Old Norse klubba, klumba (“cudgel”), from Proto-Germanic *klumpô (“clip, clasp; clump, lump; log, block”), from Proto-Indo-European *glemb-, *glembʰ- (“log, block”), from Proto-Indo-European *gel- (“to ball up, conglomerate, amass”). Cognate with English clump, Latin globus, glomus; and perhaps related to Middle Low German kolve (“bulb”), German Kolbe (“butt, bulb, club”).
club (plural clubs)
- A heavy stick intended for use as a weapon or playthingWp.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.
- An implement to hit the ball in some ballgames, e.g. golf.
- An association of members joining together for some common purpose, especially sports or recreation.
- 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapterIII:
- At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
- (archaic) The fees associated with belonging to such a club.
- (Can we date this quote?) Benjamin Franklin:
- He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.
- A joint charge of expense, or any person's share of it; a contribution to a common fund.
- Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704)
- They laid down the club.
- Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)
- We dined at a French house, but paid ten shillings for our part of the club.
- An establishment that provides staged entertainment, often with food and drink, such as a nightclub.
- She was sitting in a jazz club, sipping wine and listening to a bass player's solo.
- A black clover shape (♣), one of the four symbols used to mark the suits of playing cards.
- A playing card marked with such a symbol.
- I've got only one club in my hand.
- (humorous) Any set of people with a shared characteristic.
- You also hate Night Court? Join the club.
- Michael stood you up? Welcome to the club.
Terms derived from club (noun)
- Afrikaans: knuppel
- Arabic: هراوة f (hiraawa)
- Armenian: մահակ (mahak), գուրզ (gurz), լախտ (laxt)
- Bulgarian: сопа (bg) f (sopa), тояга (bg) f (tojaga)
- Catalan: bastó m
- Mandarin: 棒 (zh) (bàng), 棍棒 (zh) (gùnbàng)
- Czech: kyj m, klacek (cs) m, obušek m
- Dutch: knuppel (nl) m
- Finnish: nuija (fi)
- French: bâton (fr) m, gourdin (fr) m
- German: Bengel (de) m, Keule (de) f
- Greek: ρόπαλο (el) (rópalo)
- Hebrew: אלה (he) f (alá)
- Hungarian: bunkó (hu)
- Italian: clava (it), bastone (it) m
- Japanese: 棒 (ja) (ぼう, bō), 棍棒 (ja) (こんぼう, konbō)
association of members
- Afrikaans: klub
- Arabic: (indefinite) نادٍ m (naadin), (definite) النادي m (al-naadiy)
- Armenian: ակումբ (hy) (akumb)
- Belarusian: клуб m (klub)
- Bulgarian: клуб m (klub)
- Catalan: club (ca) m
- Mandarin: 俱樂部 (zh), 俱乐部 (jùlèbù)
- Czech: klub (cs) m, spolek m
- Danish: klub c
- Dutch: club (nl) f
- Esperanto: klubo
- Finnish: kerho, klubi
- French: club (fr) m
- German: Klub (de) m, Verein (de) m
- Greek: λέσχη (el) f (léschi), κλαμπ (el) n (klamp)
- Hebrew: מועדון (he) m (moadón)
- Hindi: क्लब (klab)
- Hungarian: klub (hu), (clubs usually held at school:) szakkör (hu)
- Irish: cumann m
- Italian: club (it) m, circolo (it) m
- Japanese: クラブ (ja) (kurabu), (dated) 倶楽部 (ja) (kurabu)
- Korean: 클럽 (ko) (keulleop), 구락부 (ko) (gurakbu)
- Kurmanji: yane (ku) f, kulûb f
- Sorani: یانه (yane)
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club (third-person singular simple present clubs, present participle clubbing, simple past and past participle clubbed)
- (transitive) to hit with a club.
- He clubbed the poor dog.
- (intransitive) To join together to form a group.
- Till grosser atoms, tumbling in the stream / Of fancy, madly met, and clubbed into a dream.
- (intransitive, transitive) To combine into a club-shaped mass.
- (intransitive) To go to nightclubs.
- We went clubbing in Ibiza.
- (intransitive) To pay an equal or proportionate share of a common charge or expense.
- Jonathan Swift
- The owl, the raven, and the bat / Clubbed for a feather to his hat.
- (transitive) To raise, or defray, by a proportional assessment.
- to club the expense
- (nautical) To drift in a current with an anchor out.
- (military) To throw, or allow to fall, into confusion.
1876, Major-General G. E. Voyle and Captain G. De Saint-Clair-Stevenson, F.R.G.S., A Military Dictionary, Comprising Terms, Scientific and Otherwise, Connected with the Science of War, Third Edition, London: William Clowes & Sons, page 80:
- To club a battalion implies a temporary inability in the commanding officer to restore any given body of men to their natural front in line or column.
- (transitive) To unite, or contribute, for the accomplishment of a common end.
- to club exertions
- (transitive, military) To turn the breech of (a musket) uppermost, so as to use it as a club.
to join together to form a group
club m (invariable)
- club (association; golf implement)