camp follower


Definition of camp follower

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

the famous boxer and his camp followers
Recent Examples on the Web As an insurgent, Mr. Trump arrived in Washington without the camp followers of brand-name lobbyists and insiders who set up shop with each new administration. New York Times, 8 Dec. 2019 There’s the near-noirish play between dark and light captured by Tripe in an Indian temple or the Yvonne De Carlo expression (speaking of almost noirish) on the face of a camp follower in a Fenton Crimean War photograph. Mark Feeney,, 6 July 2018 Her mother, Sophie Delaborde, the daughter of a bird seller on the Rue de Rivoli, was a camp follower of the Napoleonic troops in Madrid. Benita Eisler, WSJ, 8 June 2018 The trio of revisionist powers includes Russia, China and Iran, along with camp followers like Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and Syria. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of camp follower

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Camp follower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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