Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “camp”

See all translations

camp

noun uk   /kæmp/ us  

camp noun (TENTS/BUILDINGS)

B1 [C or U] a place where people stay in tents or other temporary structures: We pitched/set up camp (= put up our tents) by the lakeside.B2 [C] an area where people are kept temporarily for a particular reason: a labour/prison/refugee campB2 [C or U] a place where soldiers stay when they are training or fighting a war: an army camp
More examples

camp noun (OPINION)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a group of people who share an opinion, especially a political one: The pro-independence camp are demanding a referendum. The party is divided into two distinct camps over the legislation.

camp

verb uk   /kæmp/ us  
A2 [I] to put up a tent and stay in it for a short while, for example while on holiday: We camped on one of the lower slopes of the mountain. [I or T] mainly US ( UK usually encamp) to put a group of tents or temporary shelters in one place, or to put someone in a group of tents or temporary shelters: Troops were camped only 25 miles from the capital.
Phrasal verbs

camp

adjective uk   /kæmp/ mainly UK informal ( US usually campy) us  
(of a man) behaving and dressing in a way that some people think is typical of a gay man: What's the name of that amazingly camp actor with the high voice and a funny walk? using bright colours, loud sounds, unusual behaviour, etc. in a humorous way: Their shows are always incredibly camp and flamboyant.
(Definition of camp from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of camp?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “camp” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ice over

If an area of water ices over, it becomes covered with a layer of ice.

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More