American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A civilian who follows a military unit from place to place, especially as a vendor of supplies or as a prostitute.
- n. One who follows but does not belong to a main body or group.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who follows a camp or an army without being officially connected with it, as a sutler, washerwoman, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a civilian accompanying an army, as a sutler, servant, etc.
- n. a prostitute who provides service to military personnel
- n. a follower who is not a member of an ingroup
“She was not a common harlot and camp follower but a woman known to the Athenians as a hetaira—a beautiful, educated, and charming female who shared the bed of her sponsor but also served as his confidante and advisor.”
“Every camp follower we kill will deprive them of the comforts they enjoy.”
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