clambake

[ klam-beyk ]
/ ˈklæmˌbeɪk /

noun

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.
Informal. any social gathering, especially a very noisy one.

Nearby words

  1. clam-flat,
  2. clam-shell,
  3. clamant,
  4. clamantly,
  5. clamatorial,
  6. clamber,
  7. clambering,
  8. clamjamphry,
  9. clammy,
  10. clamor

Origin of clambake

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; clam1 + bake

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British Dictionary definitions for clambake

clambake

/ (ˈklæmˌbeɪk) /

noun US and Canadian

a picnic, often by the sea, at which clams, etc, are baked
an informal party
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Word Origin and History for clambake

clambake

n.

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

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