Definition of transit camp in US English:

transit camp


  • A camp for the temporary accommodation of groups of people, e.g., refugees or soldiers, who are traveling through a country or region.

    • ‘Now the same people came back to force them out of the church to the transit camp.’
    • ‘Originally established as a transit camp, the settlement has taken on a more formal, and permanent, structure.’
    • ‘By the end of 1942, she was traveling back and forth from Amsterdam to the transit camp at Westerbork.’
    • ‘This camp will be used as a transit camp for the north-west area.’
    • ‘No wonder that a college is seen as a transit camp to the work place instead of an incubator for the transformation of the individual.’
    • ‘Such was the tone of his speech, that the Jews waiting on the platform occasionally applauded him as they believed his story that they were only at a transit camp.’
    • ‘They proposed to the court that the area be used as a transit camp until alternative accommodation could be found.’
    • ‘They were then taken on to a transit camp at Sutton-on-Derwent.’
    • ‘Yes, but you must understand that Auschwitz was two things, a camp for extermination, and a transit camp from which people were sent to labour camps elsewhere.’
    • ‘In 1948 he came to England, to a transit camp at an airbase at Steeple Ashton.’
    • ‘Already in July 1942, French police in the region took part in the arrest of hundreds of Jews, who were sent to the Drancy transit camp near Paris.’
    • ‘This is a transit camp, where people are temporarily accommodated before more permanent arrangements are made for them.’
    • ‘He settled in Vienna in 1944, though the following year he was forced to flee to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where he was detained in a transit camp opposite Strauss's villa.’
    • ‘The refugees were settled in transit camps in the border districts of northern Zambia awaiting transportation to the main refugee camps.’
    • ‘During high-tides, the creek water seeps through the single layer brick walls of the houses in the transit camp, making life miserable.’
    • ‘Under its new name, Atlantic Park, it became a transit camp for refugees, mainly Russian, who were anxious to sail to America.’
    • ‘It was built as a transit camp to house Japanese nationals from the greater Los Angeles area.’


transit camp

/ˈtrænzət kæmp/