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camp follower

noun

Simple Definition of camp follower

  • : a person who spends time with or near a group or person in order to gain some advantage

  • : a person who follows a group of soldiers as they move to different areas and sells goods and services to them

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of camp follower

  1. 1 :  a civilian (as a prostitute) who follows a military unit to attend or exploit military personnel

  2. 2 :  a disciple or follower who is not of the main body of members or adherents; especially :  a politician who joins the party or movement solely for personal gain

Examples of camp follower in a sentence

  1. the famous boxer and his camp followers



1810

First Known Use of camp follower

1810


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