cam·​pus ˈkam-pəs How to pronounce campus (audio)
often attributive
: the grounds and buildings of a university, college, or school
: a university, college, or school viewed as an academic, social, or spiritual entity
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web About 50 students staged a walkout Monday before returning to the campus the same day, KTVT reported. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 17 Apr. 2024 Some of the state's biggest campuses, like IU Bloomington and Purdue University West Lafayette, are not participating in the pre-admission program but that doesn't mean students can't apply. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Apr. 2024 Disney would spend at least $1.9 billion over the next decade to transform its 490-acre (488-hectare) campus in densely populated Southern California. Amy Taxin, Fortune, 17 Apr. 2024 In addition to highlights of Willie G. throughout its campus, the Harley-Davidson Museum will host a WGD Ride In Custom Bike Show presented by V-Twin Visionary on Saturday, July 27. Ricardo Torres, Journal Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2024 Since moving to the Kansas City campus in 2014, the facility has grown from 2,400 employees to more than 7,000. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 15 Apr. 2024 Most of the expansion has occurred at local satellite campuses, including one in Kearny Mesa that’s home to the new College of Health Sciences which, among other things, is training physician assistants. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2024 The jump in offenses between 2019 and 2022 coincided with students’ post-pandemic return en masse to campuses. Zachary Schermele, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2024 Repurposing materials into artworks is in line with The Forum’s strategic plan focus on sustainable development, with the goal of being a carbon-neutral campus by 2030. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 14 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Latin, plain

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of campus was in 1774

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Cite this Entry

“Campus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


cam·​pus ˈkam-pəs How to pronounce campus (audio)
plural campuses
: the grounds of a college or a school
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