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 The city of Atlanta has secured its largest property yet for affordable housing along the Beltline, and about half a mile south from where Microsoft plans to build a corporate campus. Andy Peters, ajc, "Beltline buys Westside land near Microsoft for affordable housing," 6 May 2021 The past year of remote school has further unmoored students’ communicative and interpersonal lives from a physical campus. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The Complicated Case of the Pennsylvania Cheerleader," 6 May 2021 Most patrol campus on regular rounds and respond to calls from an on-site command center. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. looks to dramatically reduce number of sheriff's deputies guarding hospitals, clinics," 4 May 2021 Pence kicked off his swing through the Palmetto State with a tour of the Spartanburg campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, which took a leading role in assisting the Palmetto State's efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Pence headed to New Hampshire in June, sparking more 2024 buzz," 3 May 2021 In addition to the residency, the grant money is being used to underwrite the creation of three new community murals — one for the museum’s campus, one for the West Side and one for the East Side — this summer. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Museum of Art celebrates jazz with pop-up studio, free art kits," 3 May 2021 Now, Children’s employs 12,000-plus people, with a campus that spans four city blocks., "Study shows job growth rate in Longwood Medical Area is roughly twice that of the state overall," 3 May 2021 To do that authorities designed the campus for education and treatment, as well as safety. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County reimagines youth detention with new, school-like campus," 1 May 2021 Cantex Capital bought a 30-acre manufacturing campus with nine buildings totaling nearly 300,000 square feet south of downtown Dallas. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Retail buildings in East Dallas and an Oak Lawn property change hands," 30 Apr. 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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Last Updated

9 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Campus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 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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