noun, often attributive
cam·​pus | \ˈkam-pəs \

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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The campus, a liberal bastion, was in the center of several competitive legislative races in the Hudson Valley. WSJ, "New York Gov. Cuomo Easily Wins Re-Election," 6 Nov. 2018 The intergovernmental organization and public research university has locations in over a dozen Oceanian countries, but the Fijian campus in Suva is its central locale. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Beachy Pink Dress on Her Second Day in Fiji," 23 Oct. 2018 Two-thirds of the rides were to the University of Texas at Arlington, whose campus is part of Via's service area. Confusingly, the city announced these figures in May 2018, which is five, not six, months after the December 2017 launch. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "This city has a vision for mass transit that doesn’t involve city buses," 31 Aug. 2018 Also on the campus is the old Dreyer Medical Clinic site that is currently under renovation. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora OKs nearly $3.9 million bid for construction of career development center," 11 July 2018 The school will stay housed in La Mesa until the Spring Valley campus is ready. Karen Pearlman,, "College Prep middle school breaks ground in Spring Valley," 3 July 2018 The project has been more than five years in the making, but LACMA’s campus has been evolving, bit by bit, for decades. Deborah Vankin,, "LACMA's campus has been a work in progress since its 1965 opening," 3 July 2018 DeVry’s San Antonio campus is at 618 NW Loop 410, according to its website. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Former DeVry University students sue for fraud in San Antonio federal court," 3 July 2018 Located in central Columbia on Patuxent Woods Drive, the campus is adjacent to the NonProfit Collaborative, a building that houses 16 nonprofit agencies that opened last year. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "County’s Community Resources Campus getting more tenants," 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.


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: the grounds and buildings of a college or school

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