from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A training camp for military recruits.
- noun A correctional method, usually applied to youthful offenders, that employs strict disciplinary techniques and rigorous physical training analogous to those used with military recruits.
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- noun colloquial Initial, basic
indoctrination, physical fitness trainingand basic instruction in service-related subjects for new recruits in the armed forces ( Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps).
- noun A short, intensive, quasi-military program generally aimed at young offenders as an alternative to a jail term.
- noun idiomatic Any short,
intensivecourse of training.
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- noun camp for training military recruits
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reesetee commented on the word boot camp
Supposedly, U.S. sailors during the Spanish-American War wore leggings called boots, which came to refer to a Navy or Marine recruit and was later applied to the name of their training area.
November 30, 2007