Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Latin campus 'field'


1 noun
camp1 S3 W3

in the mountains/forest etc

[uncountable and countable] a place where people stay in tents, shelters etc for a short time, usually in the mountains, a forest etc:
Let's go back to camp - it's getting dark.
a camp near Lake Ellen Wilson
The soldiers broke camp (=took down their tents etc) and left before dawn.
pitch/make camp (=set up a tent or shelter)
It was dark by the time we pitched camp.
We set up camp (=made the camping place ready) at nearby Icicle Lake.
The expedition's base camp (=main camp) was 6,000 feet below the summit.
mining/logging etc camp (=a camp where people stay when they are doing these kinds of jobs)

prison/labour/detention etc camp

a place where people are kept for a particular reason, when they do not want to be there:
a refugee camp just across the border
concentration camp

for children

[uncountable and countable] a place where young people go to take part in activities, and where they usually stay for several days or weeks:
The camp offers hiking, fishing, canoeing, and boating.
scout camp
Two years ago, she started a summer camp for girls aged 8 and older.
tennis/football etc camp (=a camp where you can do one particular activity)
day camp, holiday camp

group of people

[countable] a group of people or organizations who have the same ideas or principles, especially in politics:
the extreme right-wing camp of the party
At least Lynne is definitely in your camp (=supports you rather than someone else, and agrees with your ideas).

➔ have a foot in both camps

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[countable] a permanent place where soldiers live or train:
Donny is stationed at Camp Pendleton.

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