plural campos
: a grassland plain in South America with scattered perennial herbs

Examples of campo in a Sentence

vaqueros driving their herd of cattle across the campo
Recent Examples on the Web Some readers may note that three of the Marte daughters were born in the 1950s during the 30-year dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, yet there is no specific reference to his tyranny, his notorious preying on campo girls or the measures families took to protect them. Patricia Engel, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 The campo, which forms part of the 150,000-hectare Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, is best accessed via cable car. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2023 The German synagogue was constructed by a group of Ashkenazi Jews with five large windows that overlook the ghetto’s central square, or campo. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Vasquez is the youngest artist in the show, and his paintings show the joy of lively gatherings in the campo (meaning rural areas or the countryside in Spanish-speaking countries and within the Latinx diaspora). CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Like many Puerto Ricans born in the campo (boondocks) or born before the 1950s, birth dates and timelines are a blurred suggestion. Illyanna Maisonet, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2018 The Cordillera Blanca, a snowy mountain range in northern Peru, has the ayudantes de campo, or field helpers, in Spanish. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2018 Also involved have been the groups representing descendants and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, which runs the hospital built atop a 19th-century campo santo. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Dec. 2017

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Word History


American Spanish, from Spanish, field, from Latin campus

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of campo was in 1863

Dictionary Entries Near campo

Cite this Entry

“Campo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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