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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Martial arts admittedly can be Americanized when taught at U.S. gyms and campuses. Jen Malia, SELF, "My Taekwondo Black Belt Changed My Life as an Autistic Woman," 18 Apr. 2019 The Midwest has the South beat with 39 campuses rated four stars or above. Samantha Allen, Seventeen, "LGBTQ Teens Don't Need To Leave Red States For College," 19 Feb. 2019 Apple is adding a new campus in Austin that can accommodate 15,000 workers. Rani Molla, Recode, "Amazon, Apple and others are expanding out of major tech cities — but mostly to other major tech cities," 20 Dec. 2018 The company is building a new campus in the Hudson Square neighborhood, about a mile south of its current New York headquarters in the Chelsea neighborhood. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google announces major expansion in New York City," 17 Dec. 2018 The Clark’s first video installation features six animations, including one inspired by birch trees on the museum’s campus., "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 In cities across the country, driverless shuttles popped up on college campuses or along tourist corridors, making slow but important trips at around 20 mph. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 That followed anecdotal reports from high schools suggesting vaping has exploded on campuses across the country. Julia Belluz, Vox, "$1.3 million: the average bonus Juul employees get after a deal with a cigarette maker," 20 Dec. 2018 The Target Headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, looks more like a college campus than a corporation HQ. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "What It’s Really Like Inside Target’s Secret Designer Headquarters," 16 Nov. 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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