from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place where tents, huts, or other temporary shelters are set up, as by soldiers, nomads, or travelers.
  • n. A cabin or shelter or group of such buildings: gathered branches and grasses for a makeshift camp; had a fishing camp in Vermont.
  • n. The people using such shelters: a howl that awakened the whole camp.
  • n. A place in the country that offers simple group accommodations and organized recreation or instruction, as for vacationing children: a girls' summer camp; a tennis camp.
  • n. Sports A place where athletes engage in intensive training, especially preseason training.
  • n. The people attending the programs at such a place.
  • n. Military service; army life.
  • n. A group of people who think alike or share a cause; side: The council members disagreed, falling into liberal and conservative camps.
  • intransitive v. To make or set up a camp.
  • intransitive v. To live in or as if in a camp; settle: We camped in the apartment until the furniture arrived.
  • transitive v. To shelter or lodge in a camp; encamp: They camped themselves by a river.
  • n. An affectation or appreciation of manners and tastes commonly thought to be artificial, vulgar, or banal.
  • n. Banality, vulgarity, or artificiality when deliberately affected or when appreciated for its humor: "Camp is popularity plus vulgarity plus innocence” ( Indra Jahalani).
  • adj. Having deliberately artificial, vulgar, banal, or affectedly humorous qualities or style: played up the silliness of their roles for camp effect.
  • intransitive v. To act in a deliberately artificial, vulgar, or banal way.
  • transitive v. To give a deliberately artificial, vulgar, or banal quality to: camped up their cowboy costumes with chaps, tin stars, and ten-gallon hats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outdoor place acting as temporary accommodation in tents or other temporary structures.
  • n. An organised event, often taking place in tents or temporary accommodation.
  • n. A base of a military group, not necessarily temporary.
  • n. A group of people with the same ideals or political leanings, strongly supported.
  • n. An affected, exaggerated or intentionally tasteless style.
  • n. campus
  • n. A summer camp.
  • adj. Theatrical; making exaggerated gestures.
  • adj. Ostentatiously effeminate.
  • adj. Intentionally tasteless or vulgar, self-parodying.
  • v. To live in a tent or similar temporary accommodation.
  • v. To set up a camp.
  • v. To stay in an advantageous location in a video game, such as next to a power-up's spawning point or in order to guard an area.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ground or spot on which tents, huts, etc., are erected for shelter, as for an army or for lumbermen, etc.
  • n. A collection of tents, huts, etc., for shelter, commonly arranged in an orderly manner.
  • n. A single hut or shelter.
  • n. The company or body of persons encamped, as of soldiers, of surveyors, of lumbermen, etc.
  • n. A mound of earth in which potatoes and other vegetables are stored for protection against frost; -- called also burrow and pie.
  • n. An ancient game of football, played in some parts of England.
  • intransitive v. To pitch or prepare a camp; to encamp; to lodge in a camp; -- often with out.
  • intransitive v. To play the game called camp.
  • transitive v. To afford rest or lodging for, as an army or travelers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fight; contend in battle or in any kind of contest; hence, to strive with others in doing anything.
  • To wrangle; argue.
  • To play at the game of camp.
  • To put into or lodge in a camp, as an army; encamp.
  • To afford camping-ground for; afford rest or lodging to.
  • To bury in pits, as potatoes; pit.
  • To establish or make a camp; go into camp: sometimes with down.
  • To live in a camp, as an army: as, we camped there three days.
  • To live temporarily in a tent or tents or in rude places of shelter, as for health or pleasure: generally with out.
  • To surpass, excel, or outrank (others) in a contest. Compare kemp.
  • n. Conflict; battle.
  • n. An English form of the game of foot-ball.
  • n. A place where an army or other body of men is or has been encamped; the collection of tents or other temporary structures for the accommodation of a number of men, particularly troops in a temporary station; an encampment.
  • n. A body of troops or other persons encamping together; an army with its camp-equipment.
  • n. In British agri., a heap of turnips, potatoes, or other roots laid up in a trench and thickly covered with straw and earth for preservation through the winter. In some places called a pit, in others a bury.
  • n. A caterpillar.
  • n. A mustering place for cattle.
  • n. [capitalized] In the early history of Australian colonization, the name popularly applied to Sydney, New South Wales, and to Hobart in Tasmania, the British forces being stationed in those places.
  • n. A camping-out expedition, as for fishing, shooting, recreation, or the like; a camp-out.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. live in or as if in a tent
  • n. a site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months
  • n. something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality
  • adj. providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities
  • v. establish or set up a camp
  • n. an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
  • n. a penal institution (often for forced labor)
  • n. shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs
  • n. temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers
  • n. a group of people living together in a camp
  • v. give an artificially banal or sexual quality to
  • n. temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Obsolete French, perhaps from Italian or Spanish campo, all from Latin campus, field.
Origin unknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English camp ("battlefield, open space"), from Old English camp ("battle, contest, battlefield, open space"), from Proto-Germanic *kampaz, *kampan (“open field where military exercises are held, level plain”), from Latin campus ("open field, level plain"), from Proto-Indo-European *kamp- (“to bend; crooked”). Reinforced circa 1520 by Middle French can, camp ("place where an army lodges temporarily"), from Old Northern French camp, from the same Latin source (whence also French champ from Old French). Cognate with Old High German champf (German Kampf, "battle, struggle"), Old Norse kapp ("battle"), Old High German hamf ("paralysed, maimed, mutilated").



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