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From Old French champaigne, from Latin campānia.



champaign ‎(plural champaigns)

  1. (geography, archaic) Open countryside, or an area of open countryside.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V, chapter vj:
      And therwith torned theyr horses and rode ouer waters and thurgh woodes tyl they came to theyre busshement / where as syr Lyonel and syr Bedeuer were houyng / The romayns folowed fast after on horsbak and on foote ouer a chāpayn vnto a wood
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, I.i:
      Of all these bounds even from this line to this, / With shadowy forests and with champaigns riched, / With plenteous rivers and wide-skirted meads, / We make thee lady.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.ii.3:
      So Segrave in Leicestershire [] is sited in a champaign at the edge of the wolds, and more barren than the villages about it, yet no place likely yields a better air.
  2. (obsolete) A battlefield.



champaign ‎(comparative more champaign, superlative most champaign)

  1. Pertaining to open countryside; unforested, flat.

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