- 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
Examples from the Web for campus
Ignoring people you hooked up with at Shooters when encountering them on campus is a quintessential Duke experience.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
My parents were thrilled with my choice, even though I had never even paid the campus a visit during the application process.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
The episode that aired before it, which involved a campus rape victim, was highly controversial.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
A hard look at campus rape statistics, the collapse of The New Republic and the day John Lennon died.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 8-14, 2014
December 13, 2014
I spoke first with Scott Ellman, a student at Wesleyan University and now the Huffington Post editor-at-large for his campus.Fraternities in a Post-UVA World
December 12, 2014
It was hard to say at which season of the year Overton campus was most beautiful.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
It was recess and the campus was overflowing with boys and girls, but Pat was alone.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
If she did not find her she was to go back to the campus with us.
I have been here longer than any other manager of any other Hamilton campus house.
No one who was really sincere at heart could fail to be impressed by the campus.
- the grounds and buildings of a university
- mainly US the outside area of a college, university, etc
Word Origin and History for campus
"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.