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definition of the word bivouac

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From French bivouac, probably from Alemannic German beiwacht, biwacht.

Singular
bivouac

Plural
bivouacs

bivouac (plural bivouacs)

  1. An encampment for the night, usually without tents or covering.
  2. Any temporary encampment.
    • 2005, Boston Globe, September 23, 2005
      The outing begins by Thursday noon, when the recreational vehicles start rumbling into town and their owners set up bivouacs.
  3. (dated) The watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of surprise or attack.

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