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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

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

  1. the famous boxer and his camp followers



1810

First Known Use of camp follower

1810


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