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  1. a picnic or social gathering at the seashore at which clams and other seafood are baked, sometimes with corn and other items, traditionally on hot stones under a covering of seaweed.
  2. Informal. any social gathering, especially a very noisy one.

Origin of clambake

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; clam1 + bake
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Examples from the Web for clambake

Historical Examples

  • "That's one way to keep cool at a clambake," grinned the man in gray.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise

    Burt L. Standish

  • That name was on the stone before I joined you at the clambake.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise

    Burt L. Standish

  • "Oh, yes, your dolls can come to the clambake," agreed Bunny.

  • There ought to be a public meeting about this, and resolutions, and perhaps a clambake.

  • I remember I wanted very much to dress in white for the clambake, some weeks after that, but you wouldn't allow it.

    Elsie at Home</p>

    Martha Finley

British Dictionary definitions for clambake


noun US and Canadian
  1. a picnic, often by the sea, at which clams, etc, are baked
  2. an informal party
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Word Origin and History for clambake


1835, American English, from clam (n.) + bake (n.). By 1937 in jazz slang transferred to "an enjoyable time generally," especially "jam session."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper