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  1. Also night club. an establishment for evening entertainment, generally open until the early morning, that serves liquor and usually food and offers patrons music, comedy acts, a floor show, or dancing; nightspot.
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verb (used without object), night·clubbed, night·club·bing.
  1. to visit nightclubs.
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Origin of nightclub

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; night + club
Related formsnight·club·ber, noun
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  1. a place of entertainment open until late at night, formerly offering food, drink, a floor show, dancing, etc, but now usually featuring loud amplified music for dancing
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Derived Formsnightclubber, noun
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Word Origin and History for nightclub


also night-club, "club open at night," 1894, from night + club (n.) in the social sense.

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