internment camp


noun

a prison camp for the confinement of prisoners of war, enemy aliens, political prisoners, etc.
a concentration camp for civilian citizens, especially those with ties to an enemy during wartime, as the camps established by the United States government to detain Japanese Americans after the Pearl Harbor attacks.

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Origin of internment camp

First recorded in 1915–20
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Example sentences from the Web for internment camp

  • As for the supernumeraries, Bournef and the others, we shall have them stowed away in an internment-camp before a week is past.

    The Golden Triangle|Maurice Leblanc