Meaning of “camp” in the English Dictionary

"camp" in British English

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uk /kæmp/ us /kæmp/


uk /kæmp/ us /kæmp/

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.

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uk /kæmp/ us /kæmp/ mainly UK informal US usually campy

(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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"camp" in American English

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us /kæmp/


[ C/U ] a place where people stay in tents or other temporary structures:

[ U ] We set up camp for the night near a stream.

[ C/U ] A camp is also a place in the countryside organized for people, esp. children, to visit or live for a while to enjoy nature:

[ C/U ] We sent our son away to (a) summer camp.

[ C/U ] A camp is also a place where people, esp. military people, are trained, where military prisoners are kept, or where people have to live temporarily.

camp noun (GROUP)

[ C ] a group of people who share an opinion, esp. a political one:

Voters in the governor’s camp will believe whatever he says about the state budget.

campverb [ I ]

us /kæmp/


to set up a tent or other temporary structure to give you shelter outside while you sleep or rest:

We camped in a valley between the two mountains.
We used to go camping out west when I was a child.

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(Definition of “camp” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)