noun, plural club·hous·es [kluhb-hou-ziz] /ˈklʌbˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a building or room occupied by a club.
  2. a building or area used for social or recreational activities by occupants of an apartment complex, institution, etc.
  3. an athletic team's dressing room.

Origin of clubhouse

First recorded in 1810–20; club + house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for club-house

Historical Examples of club-house

  • The three figures went toward the bright lights of the club-house.

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for club-house


  1. the premises of a sports or other club, esp a golf club
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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.

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