club

Definitions

General English

Human Resources

  • noun a group of people who have the same interest, or the place where these people meet

Sports

  • noun a stick or bat used in some sports, especially golf, to hit a ball
  • noun an organisation formed for the pursuit of a sport

Travel

  • noun a place where people can dance to recorded music and that usually has bars and other facilities

Origin & History of “club”

The original meaning of club is ‘thick heavy stick for hitting people’; it was borrowed from Old Norse klubba. The sense ‘association’ developed in the 17th century, apparently originally as a verb. To club together seems to have been based on the notion of ‘forming into a mass like the thickened end of a club’: ‘Two such worlds must club together and become one’, Nathaniel Fairfax, The bulk and selvedge of the world 1674. Hence the noun club, which originally signified simply a ‘get-together’, typically in a tavern, but by the end of the 17th century seems to have become more of a formalized concept, with members and rules.
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