[ nahyt-kluhb ]
/ ˈnaɪtˌklʌb /


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.

verb (used without object), night·clubbed, night·club·bing.

to visit nightclubs.

Nearby words

  1. night-time,
  2. night-watch,
  3. night-work,
  4. nightcap,
  5. nightclothes,
  6. nightclubbing,
  7. nightdress,
  8. nightfall,
  9. nightglow,
  10. nightgown

Origin of nightclub

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; night + club

Related formsnight·club·ber, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nightclubbing


/ (ˈnaɪtˌklʌb) /


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
Derived Formsnightclubber, noun

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Word Origin and History for nightclubbing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper