Definition of bivouac in English:


Syllabification: biv·ou·ac
Pronunciation: /ˈbivo͞oˌak


A temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers or mountaineers.
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  • Elsewhere, the only restraint is the presence of coalition forces at the airports or in temporary bivouacs, and these troops are poised to leave at any time.
  • And effectively, 30 minutes later, the Finnish line-up reached the bivouac, having covered nearly 1600 km.
  • Indian riflemen positioned in the bluffs north of camp fired blindly into the bivouac throughout the night, sending soldiers fleeing for cover in near-perfect darkness.


[no object] (bivouacked, bivouacking) Back to top  
Stay in a temporary camp without cover: he’d bivouacked on the north side of the town the battalion was now bivouacked in a field
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  • Pakistan troops train by bivouacking at high altitudes and conducting routine administrative activities and route marches.
  • Scampering up soapy slopes for the It's a Knockout Challenge, bivouacking for the night and abseiling down Ilkley's famous Cow and Calf rocks are some of the tasks.
  • 16 At about 1: 30 a.m., on April 9, the Second Brigade passed over the Pocolatigo Bridge, and marched a short distance before bivouacking.


early 18th century (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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