[ kam-puhs ]
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noun,plural cam·pus·es.
  1. the grounds, often including the buildings, of a college, university, or school.

  2. a college or university: The large influx of older students radically changed many campuses throughout the country.

  1. a division of a university that has its own grounds, buildings, and faculty but is administratively joined to the rest of the university.

  2. the world of higher education: Foundation grants have had a marked effect on the character of the American campus.

  3. a large, usually suburban, landscaped business or industrial site.

Origin of campus

1765–75, Americanism;<Latin: flat place, field, plain

Other words from campus

  • in·ter·cam·pus, adjective
  • non·cam·pus, adjective

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How to use campus in a sentence

  • And then the cadets marched around and across the campus, waving their firebrands, and singing and cheering lustily.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall | Arthur M. Winfield
  • The shaded green lawns of the campus between Dare and Hoskin Halls were crossed by winding paths.

    Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
  • Ahead were the two big dormitories upon this side of the campus—Dare and Dorrance Halls.

    Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
  • It was opposite the gymnasium, under the wide-spreading oaks that gave shade to that quarter of the campus.

    Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
  • So we strolled over the campus and she showed me the sights, while those funeral beasts champed their bits at so much per hour.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson

British Dictionary definitions for campus


/ (ˈkæmpəs) /

nounplural -puses
  1. the grounds and buildings of a university

  2. mainly US the outside area of a college, university, etc

Origin of campus

C18: from Latin: field

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