cham·​paign | \ sham-ˈpān How to pronounce champaign (audio) \

Definition of champaign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an expanse of level open country : plain
2 archaic : battlefield


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Cham·​paign | \ sham-ˈpān How to pronounce Champaign (audio) \

Definition of Champaign (Entry 2 of 2)

city in east central Illinois adjoining the city of Urbana population 81,055

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champaign adjective

Synonyms for champaign

Synonyms: Noun

campo, down(s), grassland, heath, lea (or ley), llano, moor, pampa, plain, prairie, savanna (also savannah), steppe, tundra, veld (or veldt)

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Examples of champaign in a Sentence


after days of trudging through dense forest, the explorers came upon a vast champaign

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For Jenner, that preparation included a hair stylist and a glass of champaign. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Celebrities Are Prepping For the 2018 Met Gala With Pizza, Champagne, and Sheet Masks," 7 May 2018 Supporters wave opposition party flags and lights of their mobile phones during an election champaign rally by Malaysia's former strongman Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya, Malaysia, May 3. Marc Lourdes, CNN, "Malaysia's Najib Razak is in a fight for his political life," 6 May 2018 Online 0:00 0:00 - Empire fans, rejoice: the Hood by Air x Empire collaboration is available online today and includes t-shirts, champaign flutes, key rings and tank tops. Hannah Beery, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sam Smith Reveals His Blunder While Meeting the Royal Family, Plus More News!," 12 Nov. 2015 WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Some people, when there's cause for celebration, crack open a bottle of champaign. Luke Kerr-dineen, USA TODAY, "Twitter reacts after Solheim Cup captain's victory drink," 20 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of champaign


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for champaign


Middle English champaine, from Anglo-French champaigne, from Late Latin campania — more at campaign

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The first known use of champaign was in the 15th century

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a strong desire or propensity

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