cam·​pes·​tral | \ kam-ˈpe-strəl How to pronounce campestral (audio) \

Definition of campestral

: of or relating to fields or open country : rural

Campestral Has Latin Roots

Scamper across an open field, then, while catching your breath, ponder this: "scamper" and "campestral" both ultimately derive from the Latin noun campus, meaning "field" or "plain." Latin campester is the adjective that means "pertaining to a campus." In ancient Rome, a campus was a place for games, athletic practice, and military drills. "Scamper" probably started with a military association, as well (it is assumed to have evolved from the Latin verb excampare, meaning "to decamp"). In English, "campestral" took on an exclusively rural aspect upon its introduction in the 18th century, while "campus," you might say, became strictly academic.

First Known Use of campestral

1670, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for campestral

Latin campestr-, campester, from campus

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Cite this Entry

“Campestral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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