Definition of bivouac noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bivouac

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈbɪvuæk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪvuæk//
 
 
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a temporary camp or shelter, without a tent, that is made and used especially by people climbing mountains or by soldiers Word Origin early 18th cent. (denoting a night watch by the whole army): from French, probably from Swiss German Bîwacht ‘additional guard at night’, apparently denoting a citizens' patrol supporting the ordinary town watch.
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