- 1 [countable, uncountable] a place where people live temporarily in tents or temporary buildings Let's return to camp. to pitch/make camp (= put up tents) to break camp (= to take down tents) see also holiday camp See related entries: Camping, Types of home holiday/vacation
- 2 [countable, uncountable] a place where young people go on holiday/vacation and take part in various activities or a particular activity a tennis camp He spent two weeks at camp this summer. summer camp see also fat camp prison, etc.
- 3 [countable] (used in compounds) a place where people are kept in temporary buildings or tents, especially by a government and often for long periods a refugee camp a camp guard see also concentration camp, prison camp, transit camp See related entries: Immigration army
- 4[countable, uncountable] a place where soldiers live while they are training or fighting an army camp See related entries: Conflict group of people
- 5[countable] a group of people who have the same ideas about something and oppose people with other ideas the socialist camp We were in opposing camps. People are split into two camps on this issue.
- 6[countable] one of the sides in a competition and the people connected with it There was an air of confidence in the England camp. Word Originnoun early 16th cent.: from French camp, champ, from Italian campo, from Latin campus