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A thick heavy stick or staff for use as a weapon; prentices and clubs is recorded from the mid 16th century as the rallying cry of London apprentices.

A club is the emblem of St Christopher, St Jude, St Magnus, St Simon, and St James the Less.

In cards, clubs form one of the four suits, marked with the conventional reprentation of a trefoil leaf in black; club here is a translation of the Spanish name basto, or Italian bastone, the symbol shown on Spanish cards; the design on English cards is taken from the French, where the name is trèfle ‘trefoil’.

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