concentration camp


: a place where large numbers of people (such as prisoners of war, political prisoners, refugees, or the members of an ethnic or religious minority) are detained or confined under armed guard
used especially in reference to camps created by the Nazis in World War II for the internment and persecution of Jews and other prisoners
The Nazi soldiers hauled [Mordechai] Strigler off to a concentration camp, and carved swastikas into his cheeks and forehead with a razor blade. Over the next five years, he was sent from one concentration camp or slave-labor camp to another.David Remnick
She ended up dying in a concentration camp, just a few months before she would have been liberated.Marilyn Reynolds
The V2 killed thousands of British civilians while 20,000 concentration camp inmates died as slave labourers during its manufacture in the closing stages of the second world war.Anna Tomforde et al.
see also death camp

Examples of concentration camp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ravensbrück was a Nazi concentration camp exclusively for women that was located in Germany (50 miles north of Berlin). Linda Chase, Sun Sentinel, 8 July 2024 For months, word had filtered out about the horrors unfolding at Dachau and other Nazi concentration camps. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 June 2024 Von Furstenberg has been most impacted by her mother, Liliane Halfin, a prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland 18 months before von Furstenberg's birth. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 25 June 2024 Along with covering von Furstenberg’s career in the fashion industry, her documentary also explores her family’s background, including her mother, Liliane Halfin, an Auschwitz survivor and a prisoner at at Poland concentration camp 18 months before von Furstenberg’s birth. Jason Pham, StyleCaster, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for concentration camp 

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of concentration camp was in 1901

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“Concentration camp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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concentration camp

: a camp where persons (as prisoners of war, political prisoners, or refugees) are detained

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