boot camp

noun

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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Trends like virtual/online training, boutique fitness studios, boot camp, and mixed martial arts were all included in the survey this year, but none of them ranked in the top 20. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "The Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2019, According to Fitness Pros," 1 Nov. 2018 And the businesses are flourishing: Naasakle Ltd.'s revenue has quadrupled, and Eu'Genia Shea recently participated in the Sephora Accelerate beauty boot camp. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Proof That Big Risks Pay Off: 3 Women Who Owe Their Success to Not Playing It Safe," 20 Mar. 2017 Also a membership club, the 150-room Carillon Miami Wellness Resort features a two-story fitness center with a rooftop pool, rock-climbing wall and more than 300 fitness classes weekly, including beach boot camp. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Your Next Trip Might Change Your Life," 1 June 2018 The day in boot camp that will always be vivid in my memory is the day of our first inoculations. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 Online, Kate Middleton's younger sister got into wedding day shape by taking part in a strict bridal boot camp. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Is Reportedly in a Bridal Boot Camp," 14 May 2017 The Miss Gay Arizona America pageant is a boot camp for drag queens that has inspired and refined entertainers for more than three decades. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Miss Gay Arizona pageant lauds the best drag performers," 11 June 2018 That number doesn't capture the candidates running for county and municipal offices, says Propst, who just ran a boot camp for female candidates in Mobile this past weekend. Cassie Spodak, CNN, "Black women are running for office in record numbers in Alabama," 5 June 2018 Healthy, Fit & Fun fitness classes also include sunset yoga and a high-intensity boot camp. BostonGlobe.com, "Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of boot camp

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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boot camp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of boot camp

: 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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