1a place with temporary accommodation of huts, tents, or other structures, typically used by soldiers, refugees, or travelling people. a complex of buildings for holiday accommodation, with recreational facilities. (also summer camp) North American a summer holiday programme for children, offering a range of activities: he became the dramatic counselor at camp [mass noun] temporary overnight lodging in tents:we pitched camp at a fine spot Archaeology
, British an enclosed or fortified prehistoric site, especially an Iron Age hill fort.
2the supporters of a particular party or doctrine regarded collectively:both the liberal and conservative camps were annoyed by his high-handed manner
3South African a fenced field or enclosed area for grazing. Australian
/NZ a place where livestock regularly congregate or where a mustered herd is assembled.
1live for a time in a tent, especially while on holiday:holiday parks in which you can camp or stay in a chalet lodge temporarily, especially in an inappropriate or uncomfortable place:we camped out for the night in a mission schoolroom remain persistently in one place:the press will be camping on your doorstep once they get on to this story 2Australian
/NZ (of livestock) assemble together for rest.
3 [with object] South African divide (land) and enclose with fences.