noun \ˈbi-və-ˌwak, ˈbiv-ˌwak\

: a temporary camp or shelter

Full Definition of BIVOUAC

:  a usually temporary encampment under little or no shelter
a :  encampment usually for a night
b :  a temporary or casual shelter or lodging

Examples of BIVOUAC

  1. <soldiers setting up a bivouac by the stream>

Origin of BIVOUAC

French, from Low German biwacht, from bi by + wacht guard
First Known Use: 1819

Other Military Terms

logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


bivouacked bivouack·ing

Definition of BIVOUAC

intransitive verb
:  to make a bivouac :  camp
:  to take shelter often temporarily
transitive verb
:  to provide temporary quarters for <they were bivouacked in the gym during the storm>

Examples of BIVOUAC

  1. <the army bivouacked for the night by the lake>
  2. <survivors of the tornado were bivouacked in the church basement>

First Known Use of BIVOUAC


Related to BIVOUAC

camp (out), encamp

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


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