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From Old French champaigne, from Late Latin campānia.



champaign (plural champaigns)

  1. (geography, archaic) Open countryside, or an area of open countryside.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter vj, in Le Morte Darthur, book V:
      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, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , 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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champaign (comparative more champaign, superlative most champaign)

  1. Pertaining to open countryside; unforested, flat.
    • , 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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