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campus

[kam-puh s]
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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.
  3. a division of a university that has its own grounds, buildings, and faculty but is administratively joined to the rest of the university.
  4. the world of higher education: Foundation grants have had a marked effect on the character of the American campus.
  5. a large, usually suburban, landscaped business or industrial site.
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Origin of campus

1765–75, Americanism; < Latin: flat place, field, plain
Related formsin·ter·cam·pus, adjectivenon·cam·pus, adjective
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Related Words for campus

square, dorm, quadrangle, quad, yard, grounds

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British Dictionary definitions for campus

campus

noun plural -puses
  1. the grounds and buildings of a university
  2. mainly US the outside area of a college, university, etc
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Word Origin for campus

C18: from Latin: field
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Word Origin and History for campus

n.

"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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