An ENG-GER dictionary (there seem to be no entries in monolingual dictionaries) tells me that it is a power connection, but search results from Google and Google Images let me assume that the term is used only for outdoor purposes, and especially for camping sites. Is this correct or what else would be an appropriate meaning?

  • Can you add the German word or phrase? I think you are right though, in that it refers to connecting some usage point to an electric supply.
    – user3169
    Aug 25 '17 at 18:04
  • The German word given for this is "Stromanschluss", which means a power connection in general. The translation was taken over from a picture dictionary, which also shows a camping site. Aug 25 '17 at 20:03

According to Cambridge online dictionary, hook-up means:

a connection to an electricity supply, a telephone network, the internet, etc.

In North American English variants, hook-up typically means the connection to any utility, irrespective of where. The meaning is very generic. Your house might get a new telephone hook-up, or Rogers might be hooking up your new Internet.

I wish my home Internet hook-up was as fast as the power at our campsite: took them half an hour!


"electric(al) hook-up" often refers to the hook-up cable (basically a wire) with which you can connect your unit to a bollard (power bollard or electrical distribution bollard) or a utility post. Either end of the connection is called a hook-up point. Sometimes "electric(al) hook-up" refers to the action, like in, "I've established an electrical hook-up to my computer". (Camping and caravanning club)


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    Hookup does not refer to the cable, it refers to the provision of the electrical source. By hooking up you are able to maintain the leisure battery. The cable you show has the European standard outdoor electrical connections. While it is used for hookups, it is not specific to them.
    – Chenmunka
    Aug 25 '17 at 11:46

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