Definition of camp follower in English:

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camp follower

Pronunciation: /ˈkamp ˌfäləwər/


1A civilian who works in or is attached to a military camp.
Example sentences
  • Each camp had chaplains, cooks, camp followers, singers, and verse writers.
  • Since most armies lived off the land, and this often limited the size of the army, the force that hauled along the fewest camp followers had a substantial military advantage.
  • As the theatre of war moved south, so did the smallpox, primarily affecting civilians, camp followers, and irregular troops in both armies.
1.1A person who is nominally attached to a group but is not fully committed or does not make a substantial contribution to its activities: cynical opportunists and camp followers
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  • The mass goes well, and our camp followers inform us that we sounded well in the cathedral.
  • One of the Scotland team's camp followers, in between filing reports on Scotland's opening match against Japan, managed to find time to enjoy the debilitating night life.
  • The initial reaction from governing elites and their media camp followers was disbelief.

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Syllabification: camp fol·low·er

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