boot camp

noun
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of boot camp

1 :a navy or marine corps camp for basic training
2 :a disciplinary facility or program in which young offenders are forced to participate in a rigidly structured routine
3 :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

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First Known Use of boot camp

1916


BOOT CAMP Defined for English Language Learners

boot camp

noun

Definition of boot camp for English Language Learners

  • : a camp where people who have recently joined the U.S. Army, Navy, or Marine Corps receive their basic training

  • : a short but very difficult training program : a program or situation that helps people become much better at doing something in a short period of time


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