camp·​er | \ ˈkam-pər How to pronounce camper (audio) \

Definition of camper

1 : one who camps
2 : a portable dwelling (such as a specially equipped trailer or automotive vehicle) for use during casual travel and camping

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Examples of camper in a Sentence

Rangers warned campers that leaving food outside might attract bears. A careless camper accidentally started a fire in the woods.

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The campers are, from left, Alina Sendowsky, 14, of Orange County, Brooke Kinney, 14, of Orange County, Parker Allen, 10, of Los Angeles, and Heather Jensen, 14, of Manhattan Beach. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer camp in Vista helps grieving children heal, laugh and bond," 10 Aug. 2019 Kenneth Hooten said the remains are human and appear to have been in the camper for a lengthy period of time. Carol Robinson |, al, "Skeletal remains found near Village Creek in western Jefferson County," 9 Aug. 2019 Some of the campers come from the church, and some come from the greater community. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "A late summer hurrah: KampOut! offers fun, growth to Memorial-area children," 8 Aug. 2019 With the campers all warmed up, the participants, who’s age ranged from 8-17, were divided into groups of four to try out four different skills tests that involved dribbling, passing and shooting. Vincent Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "St. Francis builds for future through summer soccer camp," 5 Aug. 2019 Once in Israel, the campers visited several stations created to depict life and activities in the Jewish State as the teens helped them. Sergio Carmona,, "Passport to Israel: Campers take journey without leaving home," 2 Aug. 2019 During Emergency Services Week, the campers got to use a fire hose at Aberdeen Proving Ground and ride a fire truck at Level Volunteer Fire Company. Erika Butler,, "Kids with special needs and their buddies shine at Camp Sp’Arc in Bel Air," 2 Aug. 2019 The campers close out the day’s session by taking turns performing two of the four natural gaits with their horses, trotting and cantering. Megan Woodward,, "Talbot Run’s summer camp helps local riders ‘form a connection’ with horses," 1 Aug. 2019 Law enforcement rangers with the Mammoth Cave National Park responded to the incident involving the camper with the firearm at one of the park's backcountry campsites early Sunday, park spokeswoman Molly Schroer said in a statement. Darran Simon And Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "Man fires a gun in a Kentucky national park after he claims he saw Bigfoot, couple says," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of camper

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of camper

: a person who sleeps outdoors, in a tent, or in a simple shelter usually for enjoyment for a short period of time
US : a type of vehicle or special trailer that people can live and sleep in when they are traveling or camping
: a young person who goes to a camp during the summer to do different activities


camp·​er | \ ˈkam-pər How to pronounce camper (audio) \

Kids Definition of camper

1 : a person who sleeps outdoors (as in a tent)
2 : a type of vehicle or special trailer that people can live and sleep in when they are traveling or camping
3 : a young person who goes to a camp during the summer

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