camp ( camps plural & 3rd person present) ( camping present participle) ( camped past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A camp is a collection of huts and other buildings that is provided for a particular group of people, such as refugees, prisoners, or soldiers, as a place to live or stay.
oft n N
...a refugee camp..., 2,500 foreign prisoners-of-war, including Americans, had been held in camps near Tambov.
2 n-var A camp is an outdoor area with buildings, tents, or caravans where people stay on holiday.
3 n-var A camp is a collection of tents or caravans where people are living or staying, usually temporarily while they are travelling.
...gypsy camps..., We'll make camp on that hill ahead.
4 verb If you camp somewhere, you stay or live there for a short time in a tent or caravan, or in the open air.
We camped near the beach. V
Camp out means the same as camp., phrasal verb
For six months they camped out in a caravan in a meadow at the back of the house. V P
They went camping in the wilds., ...a camping trip.
5 n-count You can refer to a group of people who all support a particular person, policy, or idea as a particular camp.
usu supp N
The press release provoked furious protests from the Gore camp and other top Democrats.
6 adj If you describe someone's behaviour, performance, or style of dress as camp, you mean that it is exaggerated and amusing, often in a way that is thought to be typical of some male homosexuals.
INFORMAL James Barron turns in a delightfully camp performance.
Camp is also a noun., n-uncount
The video was seven minutes of high camp and melodrama.
8 If a performer camps it up, they deliberately perform in an exaggerated and often amusing way. INFORMAL
camp it up phrase V inflects camp out phrasal verb If you say that people camp out somewhere in the open air, you are emphasizing that they stay there for a long time, because they are waiting for something to happen.
...reporters who had camped out in anticipation of her arrival. V P →
aide-de-camp ( aides-de-camp plural ) An aide-de-camp is an officer in the armed forces who helps an officer of higher rank. n-count
...a colonel who had been aide-de-camp to the king.
boot camp ( boot camps plural ) In the United States, a boot camp is a camp where people who have just joined the army, navy, or marines are trained.
camp bed ( camp beds plural ) A camp bed is a small bed that you can fold up.
in AM, use cot
camp follower ( camp followers plural ) , camp-follower
1 n-count If you describe someone as a camp follower, you mean that they do not officially belong to a particular group or movement but support it for their own advantage., (disapproval)
...the Tory leader's friends and camp followers.
2 n-count Camp followers are people who travel with an army or other group, especially members of soldiers' families, or people who supply goods and services to the army.
concentration camp ( concentration camps plural ) A concentration camp is a prison in which large numbers of ordinary people are kept in very bad conditions, usually during a war. n-count
death camp ( death camps plural ) A death camp is a place where prisoners are kept, especially during a war, and where many of them die or are killed. n-count
holiday camp ( holiday camps plural ) In Britain, a holiday camp is a place which provides holiday accommodation and entertainment for large numbers of people. n-count
labour camp ( labour camps plural )
in AM, use labor camp A labour camp is a kind of prison, where the prisoners are forced to do hard, physical work, usually outdoors. n-count
prison camp ( prison camps plural )
1 n-count A prison camp is a guarded camp where prisoners of war or political prisoners are kept.
He was shot down over Denmark and spent three years in a prison camp.
2 n-count A prison camp is a prison where the prisoners are not considered dangerous and are allowed to work outside the prison.
summer camp ( summer camps plural ) In the United States, a summer camp is a place in the country where parents can pay to send their children during the school summer holidays. The children staying there can take part in many outdoor and social activities. n-count
training camp ( training camps plural ) A training camp for soldiers or sports players is an organized period of training at a particular place. n-count