cam·​po | \ ˈkam-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce campo (audio) , ˈkäm- How to pronounce campo (audio) \
plural campos

Definition of campo

: a grassland plain in South America with scattered perennial herbs

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Examples of campo in a Sentence

vaqueros driving their herd of cattle across the campo

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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, "The quest to preserve Puerto Rican culture with food," 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, "A Lifetime in Peru’s Glaciers, Slowly Melting Away," 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, "Descendants will have to rebury more human remains at downtown hospital," 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of campo

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for campo

American Spanish, from Spanish, field, from Latin campus

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The first known use of campo was in 1863

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to take the place or position of

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