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[kluhb-hous] /ˈklʌbˌhaʊs/
noun, plural clubhouses
[kluhb-hou-ziz] /ˈklʌbˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building or room occupied by a club.
a building or area used for social or recreational activities by occupants of an apartment complex, institution, etc.
an athletic team's dressing room.
Origin of clubhouse
First recorded in 1810-20; club + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The three figures went toward the bright lights of the club-house.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • A desperate feeling actuated him, and he entered the club-house.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • And when Drake, on his return, called Garrison into the club-house, Garrison went white-faced.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Major Bagstock and Cousin Phenix stared at them from a club-house window.

    Shawl-Straps Louisa M. Alcott
  • As far as the first turn the lights from the club-house helped them.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • On the pier, near the club-house, were the Shepard party; and it was the colonel who had hailed us.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • There is a race-course and a kind of gentlemen's club-house.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • At 2.30 on Monday I arrived at the club-house and waited for my uncle.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • “I am staying at the club-house,” she said, smiling, and sitting up on the grass.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • I reached the club-house, and the first man I saw was Redford.

British Dictionary definitions for club-house


the premises of a sports or other club, esp a golf club
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for club-house

also clubhouse, "place of meeting and refreshment always open to those who sre members of the club," 1818, from club (n.) in the associative sense + house (n.). Clubhouse lawyer is baseball slang by 1940s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for club-house



Having to do with routine and sometimes shady urban partisan politics: Dinkins, 62, is a classic clubhouse politician (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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