campaign

{{11}}campaign (n.) 1640s, "operation of an army in the field," from Fr. campagne "campaign," lit. "open country," from O.Fr. champagne "open country" (suited to military maneuvers), from L.L. campania "level country" (Cf. It. campagna, Sp. campaña, Port. campanha), from L. campus "a field" (see CAMPUS (Cf. campus)). Old armies spent winters in quarters and took to the "open field" to seek battle in summer. Extension of meaning from military to political is American English, 1809.
{{12}}campaign (v.) 1701, from CAMPAIGN (Cf. campaign) (n.). Related: Campaigned; campaigning.

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