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.)
(C17: from French: camp assistant)
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
1 a place where tents, cabins, or other temporary structures are erected for the use of military troops, for training soldiers, etc.
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
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)
1 effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc.
3 consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp. when in dubious taste
4 tr to perform or invest with a camp quality
a to seek to focus attention on oneself by making an ostentatious display, overacting, etc.
b to flaunt one's homosexuality
6 a camp quality, style, etc.
(C20: of uncertain origin)
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).
n (Austral) a competitive test, esp. at an agricultural show, of horsemen's skill in drafting cattle
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.
n (Chiefly U.S) a religious meeting held in a large tent or outdoors, often lasting several days
n (Austral. and N.Z) a metal pot or box with a heavy lid, used for baking over an open fire
n (Austral, history) tinned meat
n an area on which holiday-makers may pitch a tent, etc., (Also called)
n a guarded prison camp in which nonmilitary prisoners are held, esp. one of those in Nazi Germany in which millions were exterminated
n a concentration camp in which the conditions are so brutal that few prisoners survive, or one to which prisoners are sent for execution
n (N.Z) a camp, usually at the seaside, for children requiring health care
n a sophisticated form of camp2 (the style)
n (Brit) a place, esp. one at the seaside, providing accommodation, recreational facilities, etc., for holiday-makers
1 a penal colony involving forced labour
2 a camp for migratory labourers
n an unsophisticated form of camp (the style)
n (N.Z) a camp for motorists, tents, and caravans
n a camp in which refugees, soldiers, etc., live temporarily before moving to another destination
n a camp set up for young people who voluntarily do manual work on a worthwhile project