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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.
Contemporary Examples

At U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Anniversary, One Survivor’s Quest Continues Sandra McElwaine April 28, 2013

Historical Examples

Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front E. W. Hornung
The Spiritualists and the Detectives Allan Pinkerton
A Life of William Shakespeare Sidney Lee
Children’s Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860 Henrietta Christian Wright
Tante Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M) Various
The Young Man and the World Albert J. Beveridge
The Lance of Kanana Harry W. French
Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)

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.


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