Camp David

Camp David

[dey-vid]
noun
an area, closed to the public, in Catoctin Mountain Park in N central Maryland: presidential retreat with guests' quarters and conference facilities.
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Camp David (ˈdeɪvɪd)
 
n
the US president's retreat in the Appalachian Mountains, Maryland: scene of the Camp David Agreement (Sept, 1978) between Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Menachem Begin of Israel, mediated by Jimmy Carter, which outlined a framework for establishing peace in the Middle East. This agreement was the basis of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt signed in Washington (March, 1979)

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Camp David
U.S. presidential retreat near Thurmont, Maryland, built 1939 as Hi-Catoctin, in ref. to the name of the mountains around it; called Shangri-La by F.D. Roosevelt, after the mythical hard-to-get-to land in the novel "Lost Horizon;" named Camp David by Eisenhower in 1953 for his grandson, born 1947. The
Camp David Accords were signed there Sept. 17, 1978.
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