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level and open country
Not to be confused with:
champagne – sparkling wine; a pale yellow-gray
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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.
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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]
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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.
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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
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For her, Toboso's queen, from side to side He traversed the grim sierra, the champaign Of Aranjuez, and Montiel's famous plain: On Rocinante oft a weary ride.
It was a mountain at whose verdant feet A spacious plain outstretched in circuit wide Lay pleasant; from his side two rivers flowed, The one winding, the other straight, and left between Fair champaign, with less rivers interveined, Then meeting joined their tribute to the sea.
Before her lay the rich champaign of Tuscany, dotted over with many a smiling village.
Behind and over us towered Sheba's snowy Breasts, and below, some five thousand feet beneath where we stood, lay league on league of the most lovely champaign country.
Jack Dixon, 85, of Pana, formerly of Champaign, died Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 9:15 p.m.
Locally based i3 Broadband provides TV, Voice and Internet services through a 100% fiber-optic network in the greater Peoria, Champaign and Urbana, Illinois markets.
Securities and Exchange Commission, assigned a rating of 'AAA' to the following Champaign City, IL general obligation (GO) bonds: --$12.3 million of GO bonds, series 2018.
Located 215 kilometres south of Chicago, is the city of Champaign, which shares a border with the city Urbana, hence Champaign-Urbana is also known as the Twin Cities.
Illinois-based First Mid-Illinois Bancshares has said that it has taken over Champaign-based First BancTrust, which operates First Bank locations in Paris, Marshall, Martinsville, Champaign, Rantoul and Savoy.
Eight stages have been introduced to the fourth circuit of the 2017 Champaign 4-by-4 Challenge season set to roar off in Kipeto, Kajiado County between December 16 and 17.
This network expansion extends the initial UC2B fiber backbone buildout in 2010-2013 that was supported by USD 26 million in federal and state grants, and in-kind contributions from the cities of Champaign and Urbana, and the University of Illinois.

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