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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Opponents worry about allowing the drug on campus and question whether medical marijuana regulations for children are strong enough. USA TODAY, "Record grapefruit, light rail win, Snake Road: News from around our 50 states," 29 Aug. 2019 Punches were thrown during a confrontation on the campus of University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Australia plans to tackle foreign influence at nation's universities," 28 Aug. 2019 There’s a lot of collective anguish lurking under all the electronic flame-throwing, bizarre behavior on campus, and other manifestations of social unraveling and descent into unreason. Nr Interview, National Review, "Identity Politics Runs Much Deeper than Politics," 27 Aug. 2019 Meningococcal disease outbreaks often happen on college campuses and other areas where many people are packed pretty tightly together. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Here Are All the Vaccines You Actually Need as an Adult," 26 Aug. 2019 For a glimpse of the future of urban design, look at the campuses and parks of the Big Five tech companies. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Architecture Trend Is All About Bringing the Outdoors In," 23 Aug. 2019 The longest running web cam is logging off this month after 25 years of service gazing out at Holloway Avenue on the San Francisco State University campus and posting a typically foggy still frame every 20 seconds. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Longest Running Web Cam Goes Offline This Month," 21 Aug. 2019 Performing arts centers, college campuses and coffee houses are all on the short list for external outreach, as is a slew of digital advertising. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Disney Music Group Jumps Into Podcasting With 'For Scores' Interview Series," 20 Aug. 2019 More broadly, Handshake shows how the connection between campus and career is strengthening. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "A popular job site for the college set is now open to students at any US four-year school," 20 Aug. 2019

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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.


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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