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[klam-beyk] /ˈklæmˌbeɪk/
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.
Origin of clambake
1825-35, Americanism; clam1 + bake Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clambake
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for clambake


noun (US & Canadian)
a picnic, often by the sea, at which clams, etc, are baked
an informal party
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Word Origin and History for clambake

1835, American English, from clam (n.) + bake (n.). By 1937 in jazz slang transferred to "an enjoyable time generally," especially "jam session."

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Slang definitions & phrases for clambake


  1. Any gathering, meeting, convention, party, etc, esp a happy and noisy one (1940s+)
  2. jam session (1930s+ Jazz musicians)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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