boot camp


: a navy or marine corps camp for basic training
: a disciplinary facility or program in which young offenders are forced to participate in a rigidly structured routine
: a place or undertaking that resembles a military boot camp especially by requiring one to endure intensive training or initiation
Nowadays, the more talented players view their college years as necessary boot camp to prepare them for the riches waiting for them in pro football.Anson Mount
These youngsters are put through what amounts to a boot camp of courses in music notation, basic harmony and ear-training.Smithsonian

Examples of boot camp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look for accelerated programs or boot camps offering intensive training over a shorter time frame. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 28 May 2024 The trail connects multiple parks and green spaces, including Klyde Warren Park in the City Center District, which hosts regular outdoor fitness boot camps, yoga, Zumba, and tai chi. Outside Online, 29 Mar. 2024 In August 1942, Edward Stankiewicz wrote a letter from boot camp to his mother at the family home on Montlieu Street near Detroit City Airport. Tom Stanton, Detroit Free Press, 12 Feb. 2024 For Diana Vargas, of Brentwood, California, returning to school means logging on to an online coding boot camp at 6 a.m. while her 4-year-old sleeps. Leslie Goldman, Parents, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for boot camp 

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boot camp was in 1916

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“Boot camp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

boot camp

: a camp where recently enlisted members of the Navy or Marine Corps receive their basic training

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