- level, open country; plain.
- Obsolete. a battlefield.
- level and open: champaign fields.
Origin of champaign
- a city in E Illinois, adjoining Urbana.
Examples from the Web for champaign
There are also practitioners of this dark art in Portland, Oregon; Champaign, Illinois; and … the Upper East Side of Manhattan?Could I Possibly Have Been Wrong About the French Fry Burger?
September 4, 2013
And since 1999, he hosted the Roger Ebert Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois, home to the University of Illinois.Roger Ebert, 70, Has Died: A Look at the Life of Cinema’s Great Appreciator
April 4, 2013
"Let us finish this champaign, my good fellow," says the politician, emptying his glass.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
One of the professors in the Industrial University at Champaign is a lady.
The tailors are the best judges of that; but Champaign, I suppose.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England
Richard Valpy French
These Lordships are champaign grounds, and full of corn and fruit.The Strange Adventures of Andrew Battell
He is now at Champaign, Ill., and has not been able to attend trial.
- Also called: campagna an expanse of open level or gently undulating country
- an obsolete word for battlefield
Word Origin and History for champaign
"open country, plain," c.1400, from Old French champagne "country, countryside," from Latin campania "plain, level country," especially that near Rome (see campaign (n.)).