part of speech: noun

definition 1: an outdoor area where tents or rough shelters are set up to live in or sleep in for a time.

synonyms: campground, campsite

definition 2: the people in such tents or shelters.

  • Howling wolves kept the whole camp awake last night.

synonyms: campers

definition 3: a place or program that provides activities for children when they are on vacation from school.

  • I learned how to swim when I was at camp last summer.


part of speech: verb

inflections: camps, camping, camped

definition 1: to set up a camp.

  • Let’s stop here and camp by the river.

definition 2: to stay for a while in a camp (sometimes followed by “out”).

  • Last summer we camped out in the mountains for three weeks.

Word History

Camp is from campus, a Latin word that means “field where an army might stay.”

Word Builder: camp +

camper: a person who camps.
campfire: an outdoor fire.
campground: a place for camping.
camping: the activity of staying in a camp or living for a short time in a tent for recreation.
campsite: a place for camping.