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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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  • campuses are all alike, he muttered to himself, on every human planet, for all the centuries there have been universities.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • It is not that its thick short grass grows any greener than that of other campuses.

  • Once Japanese businesses started buying American campuses, the price of the compromise became clear.

British Dictionary definitions for campuses


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 campuses



"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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