- a civilian not officially connected with a military unit, especially a prostitute, who follows or settles near an army camp.
- a person who sympathizes with or espouses the aims of a group without belonging to it.
Origin of camp follower
Examples from the Web for camp follower
Contemporary Examples of camp follower
Otmar was in the Army and Margit turned into a camp-follower, moving across the country to an endless stream of training posts.At U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Anniversary, One Survivor’s Quest Continues
April 29, 2013
Historical Examples of camp follower
Another was sure she had been a camp-follower during the war.The Spiritualists and the Detectives
She is only a camp-follower and protégée; and a compatriot of mine.Tante
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Do not be as if you were to enlist as a soldier, and end as a camp-follower.The Young Man and the World
Albert J. Beveridge
One of the properties of a lizard's camp-follower is to leave the main body at the slightest intimation of danger.Cobwebs From an Empty Skull
Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
He may have been a camp-follower through the German and Flemish wars.Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860
Henrietta Christian Wright
- any civilian, esp a prostitute, who unofficially provides services to military personnel
- a nonmember who is sympathetic to a particular group, theory, etc
A civilian who follows or settles near a military camp, especially a prostitute who does so. For example, The recruits were told not to associate with camp followers. [Early 1800s]
A person who sympathizes with a cause or group but does not join it. For example, She's only a camp follower so we can't count on her for a contribution.