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level and open country
Not to be confused with:
champagne – sparkling wine; a pale yellow-gray


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
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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.