Definitions for camp follower
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a civilian who follows or settles near an army camp, esp. a prostitute.
a person who espouses the aims of a group without belonging to it.
Origin of camp follower:
a prostitute who provides service to military personnel
a follower who is not a member of an ingroup
A civilian who works for a military organization, often a prostitute.
Camp-follower is a term used to identify civilians who follow armies. Camp followers have historically been informal army service providers, servicing the needs of encamped soldiers, in particular selling goods or services that the military does not supply—these have included cooking, laundering, liquor, nursing, sexual services and sutlery.
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