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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This isn't the first time tensions have risen at the university over armed campus safety officers. CBS News, "Protesters demand action after Portland State University police shoot, kill Navy veteran," 2 July 2018 Recommendations also included updating campus safety, creating safer entrances and drop-off and pick-up points. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tax hike concerns prompt $33 million cut in Oak Creek School District remodeling plan," 28 June 2018 In dollar amounts, the increase will vary depending on which of the four campuses a student attends. Deirdre Fernandes,, "Tuition at UMass system to increase by 2.5 percent," 14 July 2018 FAU Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Boca Raton area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Located, fittingly, near the University of North Carolina campus, this restaurant captured top honors for its big juicy burgers and rosemary fries. 2. Chris Morris, Fortune, "This Is Where You Can Find the Best Hamburger in the U.S., According to TripAdvisor," 12 July 2018 He's made trips to each of those schools last fall, plus campus tours of Indiana and Minnesota. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "He has local ties, but U of L faces tough competition for Matthew Hurt," 14 July 2018 At least three people came to speak on the budget after a Republic investigation found businesses tied to ALA founder Glenn Way had made millions of dollars building campuses for the charter chain. Craig Harris, azcentral, "East Valley charter, subject of Republic investigation, reverses itself after blocking public comment," 14 July 2018 The hub is being planned at UConn’s former West Hartford campus by Seven Stars Cloud, an early-stage financial technology — or fintech — company with a corporate headquarters in New York City’s financial district. Rebecca Lurye,, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 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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Kids Definition of campus

: the grounds and buildings of a college or school

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