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  1. level, open country; plain.
  2. Obsolete. a battlefield.
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  1. level and open: champaign fields.
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Origin of champaign

1350–1400; Middle English champai(g)ne < Middle French champa(i)gne < Latin campānia; see campaign
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  1. a city in E Illinois, adjoining Urbana.
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Related Words

meadow, expanse, field, prairie, steppe, grassland, plateau, district, zone, region, colony, county, part, department, territory, circle, realm, scope, province, area

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British Dictionary definitions for champaign


  1. Also called: campagna an expanse of open level or gently undulating country
  2. an obsolete word for battlefield
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French champaigne, from Late Latin campānia; see campaign
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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.)).

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