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book club

a company or other organization that sells books to its subscribers, often at a discount and usually through the mail.
a club organized for the discussion and reviewing of books.
Also called, especially British, book society.
Origin of book club
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ecclesiologist, the, as editor of book-club literature, 321.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • A book which should be in every lending library and book-club.

  • Those who were fond of reading eagerly accepted the offer to join the book-club, and at last we started the educational subject.

  • Contributes fifty dollars to charity, joins a book-club and attends two political caucuses.

    Search-Light Letters Robert Grant
  • She turned at the door to bid Barbara say, if any one called, that she was at the book-club meeting.

    A Pair of Patient Lovers William Dean Howells
  • He read prayers, presided over the book-club, and by a judicious expenditure of oil prevented friction between the other boarders.

    More Pages from a Journal Mark Rutherford
  • She came to the last person she had met—the old lady who had come to the book-club meeting with a cane—Mrs. Moyer.

  • Not she; she is too much engaged with her book-club, and her soires, and her societies of every sort and kind.'

    The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Such a book-club, as the “Grolier,” of New York, is a fortunate avenue of escape from these evils.

  • Lady Rose talked literature, and about the book-club at Guttlebury, and is very strong in voyages and travels.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for book-club

book club

a club that sells books at low prices to members, usually by mail order, esp on condition that they buy a minimum number
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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