champaign

[ sham-peyn ]
/ ʃæmˈpeɪn /

noun

level, open country; plain.
Obsolete. a battlefield.

adjective

level and open: champaign fields.

Nearby words

  1. champac,
  2. champaca,
  3. champagne,
  4. champagne socialist,
  5. champagne-ardenne,
  6. champaigne,
  7. champers,
  8. champerty,
  9. champignon,
  10. champigny-sur-marne

Origin of champaign

1350–1400; Middle English champai(g)ne < Middle French champa(i)gne < Latin campānia; see campaign

Can be confusedchampagne champaign

Champaign

[ sham-peyn ]
/ ʃæmˈpeɪn /

noun

a city in E Illinois, adjoining Urbana.
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British Dictionary definitions for champaign

champaign

/ (ʃæmˈpeɪn) /

noun

Also called: campagna an expanse of open level or gently undulating country
an obsolete word for battlefield

Word Origin for champaign

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

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Word Origin and History for champaign

champaign

n.

"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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