a picnic or social gathering at the seashore at which clams and other seafood are baked, sometimes with corn and other items, traditionally on hot stones under a covering of seaweed.
Informal. any social gathering, especially a very noisy one.

1825–35, Americanism; clam1 + bake Unabridged
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clambake (ˈklæmˌbeɪk)
1.  a picnic, often by the sea, at which clams, etc, are baked
2.  an informal party

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seafood picnic traditional in the New England region of the United States. Early settlers on the Atlantic Coast adopted and elaborated the practice from the coastal Indians, who steamed shellfish over hot stones under a covering of seaweed. Clambakes, best undertaken on a large scale, have long been a feature of civic and fraternal celebrations in areas where clams, lobsters, and fish are abundant

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Example sentences
It simply brought indoors the technology of the luau pit or the clambake.
At night, the beach is the site of a signature summer pastime: a bonfire-fueled clambake.
There were baseball diamonds, clambake sheds, pony rides and a boat shaped snack shop.
Every year he gives a clambake for about five hundred people.
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