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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Such outfits, on both left and right, are expanding rapidly on campuses and recruiting students to advocate for their ideological agendas. Daniel M. Bring, WSJ, "The College ‘Grass-Roots’ Organizations That Aren’t," 8 Mar. 2019 But that’s a function of timing for the many buildings underway; a record 4.5 million square feet of office is set to open in 2019, led by Amazon’s growing campus and new expansions for Facebook and Google. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle construction still booming and won’t end anytime soon," 19 Feb. 2019 Anyone with the Minecraft: Education Edition can now explore Microsoft’s new campus, and the company plans to update it over time. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft has built a version of its headquarters in Minecraft," 6 Nov. 2018 With Wheaton College’s dry campus and the large traditional Christian community, alcohol consumption was generally discouraged. Grace Wong,, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 Fall 2017 saw more than 12,000 California students enrolled at ASU, both on campus and online. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona universities got a boost in admissions from California in the past decade," 12 July 2018 The Whole Foods hives join a small but growing effort trying to help in urban Boise, such as the apiary on the BSU campus and the hives at the Boise Urban Garden School. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 The aviation department is the oldest department on campus and no one knows about it. Andrew J. Campa,, "BBQ aims to give GCC’s aviation department more exposure," 2 July 2018 From that point on, the agent shared quarters with John near the Amherst campus and rarely strayed from his side. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge," 2 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of campus

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


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

Kids Definition of campus

: the grounds and buildings of a college or school

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