champaign

champaign

[sham-peyn]

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English champai(g)ne < Middle French champa(i)gne < Latin campānia; see campaign

champagne, champaign.
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Champaign

[sham-peyn]
noun
a city in E Illinois, adjoining Urbana.
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champaign (ʃæmˈpeɪn)
 
n
1.  Also called: campagna an expanse of open level or gently undulating country
2.  an obsolete word for battlefield
 
[C14: from Old French champaigne, from Late Latin campānia; see campaign]

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champaign
"open country, plain," c.1400, from O.Fr. champaigne, from L. campania "plain, level country," esp. that near Rome (cf. It. campagna, Sp. campaña, Port. campanha); see campaign.
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champaign

city, Champaign county, east-central Illinois, U.S. Lying about 135 miles (220 km) southwest of Chicago, it adjoins Urbana (east), with which it shares the main campus of the University of Illinois. The cities are often called Champaign-Urbana. In 1854 Illinois Central Railroad tracks were laid and a depot built 2 miles (3 km) west of Urbana. In 1855 a bill incorporating Urbana included the depot within its limits, but citizens of the depot area fought successfully to remain separate. The settlement around the depot was known as West Urbana, and in 1860 it was renamed for the county (which in 1833 had derived its name from Champaign county, Ohio)

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