from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A civilian who follows a military unit from place to place, especially as a vendor of supplies or as a prostitute.
- n. One who follows but does not belong to a main body or group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A civilian who works for a military organization, often a prostitute.
- n. A hanger-on.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a civilian accompanying an army, as a sutler, servant, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who follows a camp or an army without being officially connected with it, as a sutler, washerwoman, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a prostitute who provides service to military personnel
- n. a follower who is not a member of an ingroup
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She was not a common harlot and camp follower but a woman known to the Athenians as a hetaira—a beautiful, educated, and charming female who shared the bed of her sponsor but also served as his confidante and advisor.
Every camp follower we kill will deprive them of the comforts they enjoy.