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A city of east-central Illinois east-northeast of Springfield. Along with the adjoining town of Urbana, it is the site of the University of Illinois' largest campus (established 1867).


A stretch of level and open country; a plain.

[Middle English champain, from Old French champainge, from Late Latin campānia; see campaign.]

cham·paign′ adj.


1. (Physical Geography) Also called: campagna an expanse of open level or gently undulating country
2. (Military) an obsolete word for battlefield
[C14: from Old French champaigne, from Late Latin campānia; see campaign]



1. level, open country; plain.
2. Obs. a battlefield.
3. level and open: champaign fields.
[1350–1400; Middle English champai(g)ne < Middle French champa(i)gne < Latin campānia; see campaign]



a city in E Illinois, adjoining Urbana. 59,150.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.champaign - extensive tract of level open landchampaign - extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"
flat - a level tract of land; "the salt flats of Utah"
flood plain, floodplain - a low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding
dry land, ground, solid ground, terra firma, earth, land - the solid part of the earth's surface; "the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land"; "the earth shook for several minutes"; "he dropped the logs on the ground"
llano - an extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain (especially in Latin America)
moorland, moor - open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss
peneplain, peneplane - a more or less level land surface representing an advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements
snowfield - a permanent wide expanse of snow
steppe - extensive plain without trees (associated with eastern Russia and Siberia)
tundra - a vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where the subsoil is permanently frozen
2.Champaign - a university town in east central Illinois adjoining Urbana
IL, Illinois, Land of Lincoln, Prairie State - a midwestern state in north-central United States