champaign

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French champaigne, from Latin campānia.

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Noun[edit]

champaign (plural champaigns)

  1. (geography, archaic) Open countryside, or an area of open countryside.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
      Then the Romaynes followed faste on horsebak and on foote over a fayre champeyne unto a fayre 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.

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Adjective[edit]

champaign (comparative more champaign, superlative most champaign)

  1. Pertaining to open countryside; unforested, flat.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 206:
      They are seated alongst the sea-coast, encompassed toward the land with huge and steepie mountains, having betweene both, a hundred leagues or thereabouts of open and champaine ground.

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