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 Ewers was among the 17 players who attended the Buckeyes Bash 2.0 — eight of which were commits — for his first time on campus in over two years. Stephen Means, cleveland, 12 June 2021 Akok had stayed on campus through nearly all of the pandemic period to do his rehab. Dom Amore,, 11 June 2021 With a full-time student body of around 840, and fewer who are on campus on account of the pandemic, even efforts by a few students can create waves. Jennifer Gersten, Rolling Stone, 11 June 2021 Faculty, students and staff submitted a petition to get Weiser's name taken down from a building on campus. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2021 The Nebraska transfer, who just recently arrived on campus after committing in February, is leaving the Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield said on the radio this morning with Drew Deener. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 10 June 2021 Rumors and jokes about Dr. Anderson were widespread on campus and among athletes, including nicknames that referred to his conduct. Kris Maher, WSJ, 10 June 2021 Once fully vaccinated, students will no longer have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors on campus., 10 June 2021 Anderson was closely tied to Bo Schembechler's program from his arrival on campus, the Detroit Free Press found in March 2020. Kirkland Crawford, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Campus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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