Definitions for camp follower

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

camp′ fol`lower(n.)

  1. a civilian who follows or settles near an army camp, esp. a prostitute.

  2. a person who espouses the aims of a group without belonging to it.

Origin of camp follower:

1800–10

Princeton's WordNet

  1. camp follower(noun)

    a prostitute who provides service to military personnel

  2. camp follower(noun)

    a follower who is not a member of an ingroup

Wiktionary

  1. camp follower(Noun)

    A civilian who works for a military organization, often a prostitute.

  2. camp follower(Noun)

    A hanger-on.

Freebase

  1. Camp follower

    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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