From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclubclub1 /klʌb/ ●●● S1 W1 noun [countable] 1 FOR AN ACTIVITY/SPORTfor an activity or sport a) [also + plural verb British English] an organization for people who share a particular interest or enjoy similar activities, or a group of people who meet together to do something they are interested inrugby/golf/squash etc club Our chess club really needs new members.club for a club for unemployed young people It costs £15 to join the club. She belongs to a local health club. b) the building or place where the members of a particular club meet or play sport We could have dinner at the golf club.► see thesaurus at organization → country club, fan club, youth club2 professional sport [also + plural verb British English] especially British English a professional organization including the players, managers, and owners of a sports team Manchester United Football Club• In meanings 1 and 2, club is usually followed by a singular verb: The club meets on Mondays after school.• In British English, you can also use a plural verb: The club meet on Mondays after school.3 for dancing/music a place where people go to dance, listen to music, and meet socially a jazz club Shall we go to a club? I’m not into the club scene at all.4 traditional men’s club especially British English a) an organization, traditionally for men only, which provides a comfortable place for its members to relax, eat, or stay the night I always stay at my London club. b) the building where this organization is based5 → book/record/wine etc club6 golf (also golf club) a long thin metal stick used in golf to hit the ball7 weapon a thick heavy stick used to hit people 8 in card gamesIN CARD GAMES a) DGC clubs one of the four suits (=types of cards) in a set of playing cards, which has the design of three round black leaves in a group togetherten/king etc of clubs the ace of clubs b) DGCa card from this suit You have to play a club.9 → in the club10 → join the clubCOLLOCATIONStypes of cluba football/tennis/golf etc clubThere’s a football club for the young people in the area.a sports clubWhy don’t you join one of the school sports clubs?a youth club (=for young people)The youth club is on Thursday nights in the village hall.a social club (=where you meet people and talk)Older people may benefit from joining a social club.a health club (=where you go to do physical exercise)The hotel has its own health club with saunas, solarium and work-out equipment.a fan club (=for people who like a particular team, band, person etc)I used to be a member of the Take That fan club.a country club (=a sports and social club, usually in the countryside)Ted was a member of an exclusive country club.verbsjoin a clubI decided to join the computer club.belong to a clubDo you belong to any university clubs or societies?form a club (=start one)It’s always possible to form your own club.run a club (=organize one)My Dad helps to run the rowing club.a club welcomes somebody (=is happy to accept new members)The chess club welcomes both beginners and experienced players.club + NOUNa club member/member of a clubThere’s a monthly magazine for club members.club membershipClub membership costs £300 per year.a club chairman/presidentReg took over as club chairman three years ago, a club secretaryFor further information about membership, contact the club secretary.a club official (=someone with a position of authority in the club)At this meeting we will elect new club officials.
Examples from the Corpusclub• There is even a club for owners of Volkswagen buses.• I met some friends at a party and then we went on to a club.• They're going out for dinner and then to a club.• They've set up a chess club at school.• a comedy club• The restaurant is located next to the fitness club.• If you want to go clubbing, London's the place to be.• The adjustments are generally made in club selection, aim and body alignment at address.• At age 5, Jewel began performing in clubs as part of a folk music trio with her parents.• the North Manchester Judo Club• It is thronged with the scarves of London clubs.• There are a number of clubs interested in getting a new quarterback.• With Harry Kewell, too, they have displayed a narrow insistence on club before country.• She nodded in what she hoped was an equally casual manner and followed him across the crowded foyer to the social club.• Why don't you join your local swimming club if you're keen on swimming?• They both belong to the local tennis club.• No evidence of a Buchanan trust fund or yacht club membership, however.rugby/golf/squash etc club• Bob Hope was leaning on a golf club.• No one ever learned golf without swinging a golf club.• Northern California golf clubs increasingly are joining the plastic-spikes-only bandwagon, but the legal implications are not lost on some.• He is a member of Nenagh Golf Club.club scene• Despite having the healthiest club scene, Glasgow still specialises in churning out cod soul.• Why don't you focus on the up and coming young comedians from the pub and night club scene.• Police are keen to bring in registration to improve the image of the Teesside club scene.• The Ramones languished, never graduating from the club scene that had nurtured them two decades earlier.• It really was about these characters we know on the club scene.• At last it has been recognised that there are many females within the club scene who have true potential.clubclub2 verb (clubbed, clubbing) [transitive] HITto hit someone hard with a heavy object baby seals being clubbed to death → club together→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusclub• Football fans were clubbed by riot police trying to stop the violence.• The seas smashed into his back, wind and water clubbed him off the seaton to the cockpit sole.• Baby seals are clubbed to death for their fur.clubbed to death• The teenage boy had been clubbed to death.• The babies have traditionally been clubbed to death.• So now he is clubbed to death instead, much to the surprise of the audience.Origin club1 (1100-1200) Old Norse klubba “heavy stick”