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camp (1) Explained

camp (1) at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. camp "contest," from W.Gmc. *kampo-z, early loan from L. campus "open field" (see campus), especially "open space for military exercise." Meaning "place where an army lodges temporarily" is 1528, from Fr. camp, from the same L. source. Transferred to non-military senses 1560. Meaning "body of adherents of a doctrine or cause" is 1871. The verb meaning "to encamp" is from 1543. Camp-follower first attested 1810. Camp-meeting is from 1809, usually in reference to Methodists. ///