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 Officials at the 257-year-old independent high school in the Byfield section of Newbury said the project will transform the student experience on campus. John Laidler,, "Governor’s Academy to expand student center," 14 Jan. 2020 In addition, an even larger investment in school counselors, cops on campus, and school safety. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Full text: Arizona Gov. Ducey's 2020 State of the State speech," 13 Jan. 2020 In fact, sometimes the decision to enroll in January is built around having surgery and/or rehab done on campus for a pre-existing injury. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Analysis: Notre Dame's early enrollment pioneers happy the trend is alive and growing," 13 Jan. 2020 Cobb last played football for the Wildcats in the 2010 season, and Davis wasn't on campus until the following year for the 2011-12 campaign. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "NBA star Anthony Davis is among those at Lambeau Field cheering on the Packers," 12 Jan. 2020 Within weeks on campus, everyone knew who Liz Wurtzel was. Deborah Copaken, The Atlantic, "The Glorious, Messy Life of Liz Wurtzel," 7 Jan. 2020 However, the Deputy Police Commissioner of South East Delhi, MS Randhawa, told reporters on Monday that the police were quick to respond to the violent situation on campus. Vedika Sud And Tara John, CNN, "Delhi police criticized after students attacked at top university," 6 Jan. 2020 That was the question posed by those who follow Miami University football when true freshman Brett Gabbert started making waves shortly after arriving on campus last summer. Tommy Hicks,, "True freshman quarterback Brett Gabbert has made a name for himself for the Miami RedHawks," 5 Jan. 2020 The infection of speech restrictions on campus has spread nationwide, but some are fighting back. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Campus Bias Blowback," 3 Jan. 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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Campus.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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