noun, often attributive
cam·​pus | \ ˈkam-pəs How to pronounce campus (audio) \

Definition of campus

1 : the grounds and buildings of a university, college, or school
2 : a university, college, or school viewed as an academic, social, or spiritual entity
3 : grounds that resemble a campus a hospital campus a landscaped corporate campus

Examples of campus in a Sentence

Visitors crowded the campus on graduation day. Rallies were held on college campuses across the country. We walked around the campus on our first day.
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Recent Examples on the Web The lone out-of-state candidate — Dan Porta — had ties to the Houston region, having graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake campus in 1987. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands reveals contract for new general manager; names of other finalists," 3 July 2020 The University of Phoenix's online campus has nearly 15,000 students who receive GI Bill benefits, which can aid veterans, service members and their families, according to the VA's website. Grace Oldham, The Arizona Republic, "VA reverses course, won't suspend new GI Bill enrollments at University of Phoenix," 3 July 2020 Harper's Restaurant and Brew Pub, near the university's campus in Lansing, is linked to the outbreak. Fox News, "Coronavirus cases linked to Michigan college bar surpass 100: officials," 3 July 2020 Police checked with a U.S. van driving in the area and headed back to campus down Community Drive. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Time to make the doughnuts at University School: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 3 July 2020 Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher won’t be able to recruit off-campus this fall after he was hit with a six-month show cause penalty by the NCAA on Thursday. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher gets 6-month show cause penalty from NCAA," 2 July 2020 Multiple cases of the virus have been linked to businesses near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, local health officials said Wednesday. Matt Piper, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More Wisconsin counties bumped to 'high' coronavirus activity levels as Dane County shuts down indoor bar service, Milwaukee expands," 2 July 2020 Yale University will open campus without sophomores in fall and without freshmen in spring. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, July 2," 2 July 2020 The school board also called for officers to give up their uniforms and patrol off campus . USA TODAY, "LAPD funding slashed by $150 million; money to be rerouted to community programs," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of campus

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for campus

Latin, plain

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The first known use of campus was in 1774

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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Campus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of campus

: the area and buildings around a university, college, school, etc.


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: the grounds and buildings of a college or school

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