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camp meeting

a religious gathering held in a tent or in the open air.
Origin of camp meeting
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I think there were more than five hundred at the Communion—the largest number I ever witnessed in America, even at a camp-meeting.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • You'll go to the camp-meeting with us again, won't you, you knave?

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • These collective funeral services last two or three days, and are attended by hundreds of people, like a camp-meeting.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • If there was a camp-meeting, he carried passengers in his craft to and from the grounds.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • But his was a conventional soul; its expression was in the formulae and platitudes of the camp-meeting.

    The Riddle Of The Rocks Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • I was to that what the presiding elder was to a camp-meeting.

    Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham
  • One September day he went out to a camp-meeting at the little town of Potosi.

    Historic Adventures Rupert S. Holland
  • The folks were away at camp-meeting, and Jo took the gun and went after it.

    The Story of a Country Town Edgar Watson Howe
  • "Not one, ma'am," replied my juvenile oracle, with a solemn sniffle that would have done credit to a camp-meeting.

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
  • But there were two poles to the magnetism of a camp-meeting.

    The Graysons Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for camp-meeting

camp meeting

(mainly US) a religious meeting held in a large tent or outdoors, often lasting several days
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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