labor camp


Definition of labor camp

1 : a penal colony where forced labor is performed
2 : a camp for migratory laborers

Examples of labor camp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Song Jiang, 63, escaped from a labor camp in southwestern China's Sichuan province in 2002. Maisy Mok, CNN, "Drone finds fugitive living in cave after 17 years on the run," 1 Oct. 2019 His mother, who believed Mao’s call in 1956 for intellectuals to criticize the party, had spoken up — only to be sent to a labor camp in Gansu province. Los Angeles Times, "At 70, Communist China is older than the Soviet Union, while rivaling U.S. economic power," 29 Sep. 2019 On and off for twelve years, the Soviet authorities kept him in prison or labor camp, also confining him to psychiatric institutes that were under KGB control. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 7 Nov. 2019 The immediate concern was roaming bands of Soviet and Polish refugees, recently liberated from nearby forced labor camps and now taking revenge by looting homes and buildings and setting fires. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 23 Oct. 2019 Sent twice to a Gulag labor camp (described in horrific detail) as a result of her affiliation with him, Olga’s own astonishing account nearly eclipses his. Joan Frank, Washington Post, "In Lara Prescott’s ‘The Secrets We Kept,’ the CIA takes a novel approach to Cold War spycraft," 13 Sep. 2019 My mother told the story of what happened to the prisoners of HKP [slave labor camp] and how almost all the prisoners survived was thanks to Major Plagge. Abigail Brone,, "Local doctor’s book about ‘good Nazi’ made into documentary film," 5 July 2019 Bill Kongable, born in 1921, was a part of the U.S. Army’s 89th Infantry Division, which found and liberated the first concentration and labor camp at Ohrdruf, Germany, in April 1945. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Holocaust survivors, liberators share stories at Kenny & Ziggy’s," 9 Aug. 2019 As many as a million Uighurs have been forced into re-education and labor camps, which doesn’t sit well with Kazakhs, many of whom share cultural, linguistic and religious ties with the Uighurs. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "A Spy Case Exposes China’s Power Play in Central Asia," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of labor camp

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Dec 2019

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“Labor camp.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of labor camp

: a place where prisoners are kept and forced to do hard physical labor

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