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champaign

[sham-peyn] /ʃæmˈpeɪn/
noun
1.
level, open country; plain.
2.
Obsolete. a battlefield.
adjective
3.
level and open:
champaign fields.
Origin of champaign
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English champai(g)ne < Middle French champa(i)gne < Latin campānia; see campaign
Can be confused
champagne, champaign.

Champaign

[sham-peyn] /ʃæmˈpeɪn/
noun
1.
a city in E Illinois, adjoining Urbana.
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champaign

/ʃæmˈpeɪn/
noun
1.
Also called campagna. an expanse of open level or gently undulating country
2.
an obsolete word for battlefield
Word Origin
C14: from Old French champaigne, from Late Latin campānia; see campaign
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Word Origin and History for champaign
n.

"open country, plain," c.1400, from Old French champagne "country, countryside," from Latin campania "plain, level country," especially that near Rome (see campaign (n.)).

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