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      n  
1    a place where tents, cabins, or other temporary structures are erected for the use of military troops, for training soldiers, etc.  
2    the military life  
3    tents, cabins, etc., used as temporary lodgings by a group of travellers, holiday-makers, Scouts, Gypsies, etc.  
4    the group of people living in such lodgings  
5      (S. African)   a field or paddock fenced off as pasture  
6    a group supporting a given doctrine or theory  
the socialist camp     
7    modifier   suitable for use in temporary quarters, on holiday, etc., esp. by being portable and easy to set up  
a camp bed, a camp chair     
      vb  
8    intr; often foll by: down   to establish or set up a camp  
9    intr; often foll by: out   to live temporarily in or as if in a tent  
10    tr   to put in a camp  
     (C16: from Old French, ultimately from Latin campus field)  
  camping      n  
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camp          [2]  
Informal  
      adj  
1    effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc.  
2    homosexual  
3    consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp. when in dubious taste  
      vb  
4    tr   to perform or invest with a camp quality  
5    camp it up  
a    to seek to focus attention on oneself by making an ostentatious display, overacting, etc.  
b    to flaunt one's homosexuality  
      n  
6    a camp quality, style, etc.  
     (C20: of uncertain origin)  
  campy      adj  

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Camp         
      n   Walter (Chauncey). 1859--1925, U.S. sportsman and administrator; he introduced new rules to American football, which distinguished it from rugby.  


aide-de-camp   , aid-de-camp  
      n   pl   , aides-de-camp, aids-de-camp   a military officer serving as personal assistant to a senior,   (Abbrev.)    ADC  
     (C17: from French: camp assistant)  
boot camp  
      n  
1      (U.S.)  
slang   a basic training camp for new recruits to the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps  
2    a centre for juvenile offenders, with a strict disciplinary regime, hard physical exercise, and community labour programmes  
camp   [1]  
      n  
1    a place where tents, cabins, or other temporary structures are erected for the use of military troops, for training soldiers, etc.  
2    the military life  
3    tents, cabins, etc., used as temporary lodgings by a group of travellers, holiday-makers, Scouts, Gypsies, etc.  
4    the group of people living in such lodgings  
5      (S. African)   a field or paddock fenced off as pasture  
6    a group supporting a given doctrine or theory  
the socialist camp     
7    modifier   suitable for use in temporary quarters, on holiday, etc., esp. by being portable and easy to set up  
a camp bed, a camp chair     
      vb  
8    intr; often foll by: down   to establish or set up a camp  
9    intr; often foll by: out   to live temporarily in or as if in a tent  
10    tr   to put in a camp  
     (C16: from Old French, ultimately from Latin campus field)  
  camping      n  
camp   [2]  
Informal  
      adj  
1    effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc.  
2    homosexual  
3    consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp. when in dubious taste  
      vb  
4    tr   to perform or invest with a camp quality  
5    camp it up  
a    to seek to focus attention on oneself by making an ostentatious display, overacting, etc.  
b    to flaunt one's homosexuality  
      n  
6    a camp quality, style, etc.  
     (C20: of uncertain origin)  
  campy      adj  
Camp David  
      n   the U.S. president's retreat in the Appalachian Mountains, Maryland: scene of the Camp David Agreement (Sept., 1978) between Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Menachem Begin of Israel, mediated by Jimmy Carter, which outlined a framework for establishing peace in the Middle East. This agreement was the basis of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt signed in Washington (March, 1979).  
camp-drafting  
      n     (Austral)   a competitive test, esp. at an agricultural show, of horsemen's skill in drafting cattle  
camp follower  
      n  
1    any civilian, esp. a prostitute, who unofficially provides services to military personnel  
2    a nonmember who is sympathetic to a particular group, theory, etc.  
camp meeting  
      n     (Chiefly U.S)   a religious meeting held in a large tent or outdoors, often lasting several days  
camp oven  
      n     (Austral. and N.Z)   a metal pot or box with a heavy lid, used for baking over an open fire  
camp pie  
      n     (Austral, history)   tinned meat  
camp site  
      n   an area on which holiday-makers may pitch a tent, etc.,   (Also called)    camping site  
concentration camp  
      n   a guarded prison camp in which nonmilitary prisoners are held, esp. one of those in Nazi Germany in which millions were exterminated  
death camp  
      n   a concentration camp in which the conditions are so brutal that few prisoners survive, or one to which prisoners are sent for execution  
health camp  
      n     (N.Z)   a camp, usually at the seaside, for children requiring health care  
high camp  
      n   a sophisticated form of camp2 (the style)  
holiday camp  
      n     (Brit)   a place, esp. one at the seaside, providing accommodation, recreational facilities, etc., for holiday-makers  
labour camp  
      n  
1    a penal colony involving forced labour  
2    a camp for migratory labourers  
low camp  
      n   an unsophisticated form of camp (the style)  
motor camp  
      n     (N.Z)   a camp for motorists, tents, and caravans  
transit camp  
      n   a camp in which refugees, soldiers, etc., live temporarily before moving to another destination  
work camp  
      n   a camp set up for young people who voluntarily do manual work on a worthwhile project  

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camp         

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      n   bivouac, camping ground, camp site, cantonment     (Military)   encampment, tents  

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camp          [2]  
      adj   affected, artificial, camped up     (informal)   campy     (informal)   effeminate, mannered, ostentatious, poncy     (slang)   posturing  

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