Definition of camp follower in English:

camp follower


  • 1A civilian who works in or is attached to a military camp.

    • ‘Nacy rejects the characterization of army officers' wives as either camp followers or women who differed little from other frontier women.’
    • ‘Accompanying the major scenes are small vignettes, seen at close quarters, showing how these great events affected English rustics in Wessex, private soldiers, camp followers, and other ordinary people.’
    • ‘As camp followers could hinder as well as help the military, they had to be controlled.’
    • ‘Each camp had chaplains, cooks, camp followers, singers, and verse writers.’
    • ‘Women who followed armies, whether wives of not, were called camp followers.’
    • ‘These troops, together with a large contingent of support personnel, family members, and camp followers, marched to Fort Leavenworth.’
    • ‘Since most armies lived off the land, and this often limited the size of the army, the force that hauled along the fewest camp followers had a substantial military advantage.’
    • ‘Many women served in the Revolutionary War as camp followers.’
    • ‘Berkin writes about the poorer women who threw in their lot with the soldiers, becoming camp followers, a longstanding tradition with the British army.’
    • ‘Out of 4,000 soldiers and 12,000 camp followers only a handful survived.’
    • ‘Of course, the occupying army, like every army, will attract camp followers; these are the scavengers of war, profiteering at the margins.’
    • ‘His mother, reputedly a sorceress, became a camp follower of the British colonial regiment.’
    • ‘As the theatre of war moved south, so did the smallpox, primarily affecting civilians, camp followers, and irregular troops in both armies.’
    • ‘It may have been carried from India in the fourth century BC by returning soldiers and camp followers of the Greek wars of conquest in Asia.’
    • ‘The Roman army on campaign attracted camp followers, and the later physical expression of this is the civil settlement.’
    • ‘It is true that, from time immemorial, armies have always been attended by camp followers.’
    • ‘When she headed the nursing units during the Crimean War, her nurses wore dark gray, full-length dresses covered by white aprons to distinguish them from other female camp followers.’
    • ‘But until armies expanded the services they provided to encompass most of their soldiers' needs, camp followers were an integral part of warfare.’
    • ‘Our military has 1.4 million people, with a huge apparatus of camp followers, dependents, and civilians spread all over the world from Iceland to Japan.’
    • ‘They figured I'm a camp follower, I guess, or a soldier's wife.’
    subordinate, inferior, deputy, junior, assistant, adjutant, aide, minion, lackey, flunkey, menial, retainer, vassal, subject, serf, hireling, servant, henchman, myrmidon, right-hand man, right-hand woman, girl friday, man friday, factotum, stooge
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    1. 1.1 A person who is nominally attached to a group but does not make a substantial contribution to its activities.
      ‘cynical opportunists and camp followers’
      • ‘And didn't the other two members of the faction - and all their camp followers - laugh and laugh and laugh at the silly Senator.’
      • ‘Racing only against herself, she wins every time, and has become a gentler, somewhat less outré Tallulah for our time, complete with giggly camp followers.’
      • ‘The initial reaction from governing elites and their media camp followers was disbelief.’
      • ‘On the other hand, it would be easy to dismiss this body of work as of mere historical interest since the only Communists left in France are a handful of academics and their camp followers.’
      • ‘Unlike other youth leaders who goad their camp followers to the street demanding more jobs, he says there should be a concerted effort to generate more job opportunities.’
      • ‘Now that global corporations are shifting to a more sympathetic line, one awaits a similar revisionism among their media camp followers.’
      • ‘The mass goes well, and our camp followers inform us that we sounded well in the cathedral.’
      • ‘One of the Scotland team's camp followers, in between filing reports on Scotland's opening match against Japan, managed to find time to enjoy the debilitating night life.’
      • ‘Joseph doesn't emphasise sufficiently that Balanchine was always his own man, with a range of professional activities that never made him a mere camp follower of the great composer.’
      • ‘Exactly eight months ago, with Europe finally beginning to use its new currency, many of the Blairite camp followers were confident that Britain would soon follow suit.’
      • ‘And of course Guevara has been a revolutionary poster boy forever and Cuba's potent combination of sunshine and socialism has always had its camp followers.’
      • ‘He's a camp follower of every anti-American crusade around.’
      • ‘His camp followers maintain that the Chancellor now wants to see the Prime Minister lay out his exit strategy - to him, if not the country at large.’
      • ‘Another MP suggested that the prime minister was working up an expectation for an early election among his camp followers.’
      • ‘But by 1914 he was working for a compromise, unlike Lord Milner and his fervent camp followers who really seemed ready to plunge Britain into a civil war.’
      • ‘Yet the reality is that the minister's enthusiastic support is narrowing to a coterie of his camp followers.’
      • ‘To thousands of camp followers - the notorious Deadheads - they were a way of life, a modern American vision quest that stretched the length and breadth of the land.’
      • ‘They trekked to primary states, not as camp followers of a particular political candidate, but seeking to use the electoral process as a means to bring an end to the war.’
      entourage, escort, company, court, attendant company, staff, personnel, household, cortège, train, suite, following, bodyguard
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