cham·​paign sham-ˈpān How to pronounce champaign (audio)
: an expanse of level open country : plain
archaic : battlefield
champaign adjective

Example Sentences

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

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Champaign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Cham·​paign sham-ˈpān How to pronounce Champaign (audio)
city in east central Illinois adjoining the city of Urbana population 81,055

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