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[kam-puh s] /ˈkæm pəs/
noun, plural campuses.
the grounds, often including the buildings, of a college, university, or school.
a college or university:
The large influx of older students radically changed many campuses throughout the country.
a division of a university that has its own grounds, buildings, and faculty but is administratively joined to the rest of the university.
the world of higher education:
Foundation grants have had a marked effect on the character of the American campus.
a large, usually suburban, landscaped business or industrial site.
Origin of campus
1765-75, Americanism; < Latin: flat place, field, plain
Related forms
intercampus, adjective
noncampus, adjective Unabridged
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  • The school occupies modern buildings on the sprawling, low-rise university campus.
  • The school is based in a group of four buildings on the university campus.
  • Nim also made trips to the university's campus for language training sessions, which he apparently disliked.
  • The visitors find a fantasia of airborne and seaborne creatures in a habitat about the size of a small college campus.
  • Collective bargaining, technology leaders say, can bring high-end services to campus at lower prices.
  • She hopes that doing so will expand the project's reach beyond her campus.
  • The student do construct a smaller-scale bonfire off campus.
  • He showed little interest in politics, staying away from the left-wing groups on campus.
  • Imagine for a moment that you're in charge of facilities for a large corporate campus in your town.
  • Those that liked candy more than crackers were more likely to volunteer around campus or for additional studies.
British Dictionary definitions for campus


noun (pl) -puses
the grounds and buildings of a university
(mainly US) the outside area of a college, university, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: field
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Word Origin and History for campus

"college grounds," 1774, from Latin campus "a field," probably properly "an expanse surrounded" (by woods, higher ground, etc.), from PIE *kampos "a corner, cove," from root *kamp- "to bend" (cf. Lithuanian kampus "corner," Polish kępa "cluster of trees or brush"). First used in college sense at Princeton.

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