cam·​pus ˈkam-pəs How to pronounce campus (audio)
often attributive
: the grounds and buildings of a university, college, or school
: a university, college, or school viewed as an academic, social, or spiritual entity
: grounds that resemble a campus
a hospital campus
a landscaped corporate campus

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Paul Kohn, Georgia Tech’s vice provost for enrollment management, attributes much of the increase to a backlog of students who couldn’t get to campus during the height of the pandemic. Melissa Korn, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2022 Their family, from Charleston, South Carolina, was heading to the UVA campus Monday. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2022 Elsewhere, police in Moscow, Idaho, were investigating the deaths of four University of Idaho students found Sunday in a home near the campus. Sarah Rankin, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2022 Police are investigating the deaths of four University of Idaho students found Sunday in a home near the campus. CBS News, 14 Nov. 2022 So school leaders looked at making additions to the existing campus, but the rising cost of materials and labor eventually ruled out that option as well. Caroline Kubzansky, Chicago Tribune, 10 Nov. 2022 Ryan Johnson uses public transportation to commute to campus, walking part of his commute and then riding a bus for two hours. Jane Kim, Orlando Sentinel, 7 Nov. 2022 The Pinal County Attorney's Office has filed charges against a nine-year-old student accused of bringing a gun to a Queen Creek school campus in August. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 7 Nov. 2022 The company will bring almost 1,000 additional white-collar jobs to a campus that already has 2,000 workers. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 6 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin, plain

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of campus was in 1774

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Cite this Entry

“Campus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



cam·​pus ˈkam-pəs How to pronounce campus (audio)
plural campuses
: the grounds of a college or a school
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