boot camp

noun U.S. Navy, Marines.

a camp for training recruits.

Nearby words

  1. booster seat,
  2. boosterish,
  3. boosterism,
  4. boot,
  5. boot boy,
  6. boot hill,
  7. boot hook,
  8. boot money,
  9. boot out,
  10. boot topping

Origin of boot camp

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for boot camp

boot camp


US slang a basic training camp for new recruits to the US Navy or Marine Corps
a centre for juvenile offenders, with a strict disciplinary regime, hard physical exercise, and community labour programmes
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Word Origin and History for boot camp

boot camp


by 1941, U.S. Marines slang, said to be from boot (n.) as slang for "recruit," which supposedly dates from the Spanish-American War and is a synecdoche from boots, leggings worn by U.S. sailors.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper