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, "The Indispensable Man: How Giuliani Led Trump to the Brink of Impeachment," 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,, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 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, "‘George Sand’ Review: Monstre Sacré," 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, "Toothless Gestures Won’t Stop Putin," 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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22 Dec 2019

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“Camp follower.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners 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

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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