[ biv-oo-ak ]
Part of SpeechnounOrigin + Etymology
early 18th century; French;; probably from Swiss German Bîwacht "additional guard at night," apparently denoting a citizens' patrol supporting the ordinary town watch
nouna military encampment made with tents or improvised shelters, usually without shelter or protection from enemy fire
nounA) The army set up a bivouac outside the monastery, although no one was sure if they were there for the right reasons. B) Despite still needing to march another 100 kilometers, the general allowed his soldiers to establish a bivouac and rest.
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