boot camp

boot camp

noun U.S. Navy, Marines.

  1. a camp for training recruits.


  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

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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