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noun U.S. Navy, Marines.
  1. a camp for training recruits.
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Origin of boot camp

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for boot camp

boot camp

noun
  1. US slang a basic training camp for new recruits to the US Navy or Marine Corps
  2. 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

n.

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.

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