camp

When you camp, you set up a temporary place to sleep outdoors, often in a tent. Many people like to camp in a beautiful spot, like the mountains or beside a lake.

Use the word camp to describe what you do when you sleep under the stars, and also the site itself — after a day of hiking, you could say, "Let's head back to camp." You can also talk about your usual group of friends or co-workers as your camp. Political parties are described this way sometimes: "She was popular in the Democratic camp." The root is the Latin word campus, which means "open field, or level space."

Primary Meanings of camp

1.
nv
temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers
establish or set up a camp
2.
adjnv
providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities
something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality
give an artificially banal or sexual quality to
3.
n
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
Full Definitions of camp
1

n temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers

“level ground is best for parking and camp areas”
Types:
tennis camp
a camp where tennis is taught
trailer camp, trailer park
a camp where space for house trailers can be rented; utilities are generally provided
Type of:
housing, living accommodations, lodging
structures collectively in which people are housed

n temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers

“wherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling”
Synonyms:
bivouac, cantonment, encampment
Types:
boot camp
camp for training military recruits
hutment
an encampment of huts (chiefly military)
laager, lager
a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons
Type of:
military quarters
living quarters for personnel on a military post

n a site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months

“city kids get to see the country at a summer camp
Synonyms:
summer camp
Types:
day camp
a camp providing care and activities for children during the daytime
Type of:
land site, site
the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)

n shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs

Synonyms:
refugee camp
Type of:
shelter
temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons

n a penal institution (often for forced labor)

“China has many camps for political prisoners”
Examples:
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Auschwitz
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in southwestern Poland during World War II
Belsen
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews created in northwestern Germany during World War II
Buchenwald
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in World War II that was located in central Germany
Dachau
a concentration camp for Jews created by the Nazis near Munich in southern Germany
Types:
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concentration camp, stockade
a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions)
labor camp, labour camp
a penal institution for political prisoners who are used as forced labor
POW camp, internment camp, prison camp, prisoner of war camp
a camp for prisoners of war
prison camp, prison farm, work camp
a camp for trustworthy prisoners employed in government projects
death camp
a concentration camp where prisoners are likely to die or be killed
gulag
a Russian prison camp for political prisoners
Type of:
penal facility, penal institution
an institution where persons are confined for punishment and to protect the public

n a group of people living together in a camp

“the whole camp laughed at his mistake”
Types:
hobo camp, jungle
a place where hoboes camp
Type of:
assemblage, gathering
a group of persons together in one place

v establish or set up a camp

Synonyms:
camp down
Type of:
pitch, set up
erect and fasten

v live in or as if in a tent

“Can we go camping again this summer?”
“The houseguests had to camp in the living room”
Synonyms:
bivouac, camp out, encamp, tent
Type of:
dwell, inhabit, live, populate
inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
2

adj providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities

“they played up the silliness of their roles for camp effect”
Synonyms:
campy
tasteless
lacking aesthetic or social taste

n something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality

“the living room was pure camp
Type of:
staleness, triteness
unoriginality as a result of being dull and hackneyed

v give an artificially banal or sexual quality to

Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
3

n an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

Synonyms:
clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack
Types:
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Bloomsbury Group
an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles
bohemia
a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style
brain trust, kitchen cabinet
an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government
loop
an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)
cabal, camarilla, faction, junto
a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
junta, military junta
a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
maffia, mafia
any tightly knit group of trusted associates
faction, sect
a dissenting clique
galere, rogue's gallery
a coterie of undesirable people
hard core
the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
splinter group
a faction or sect that has broken away from its parent organization
left, left wing
those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
right, right wing
those who support political or social or economic conservatism; those who believe that things are better left unchanged
old guard
a faction that is unwilling to accept new ideas
pro-choice faction
those who argue that the decision to have an induced abortion should be made by the mother
pro-life faction
those who argue that induced abortion is killing and should be prohibited
Type of:
band, circle, lot, set
an unofficial association of people or groups

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