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corporal

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noun cor·po·ral \ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rəl\

Definition of corporal

  1. :  a linen cloth on which the eucharistic elements are placed



Did You Know?

The adjective corporal today usually appears in the phrase corporal punishment, which means "bodily punishment". This used to include such acts as mutilation, branding, imprisonment, and even death. But today execution comes under the separate heading of "capital punishment", which originally involved losing your head (capit- meaning "head"). Milder forms of corporal punishment are used by American parents, and were once common in schools as well. Corporal is occasionally used in other ways; in the traditional church, the "corporal works of mercy" include seven helpful acts such as sheltering the homeless and burying the dead. Corporal as a military rank actually comes from caporal—which has the same root as capital.

Origin and Etymology of corporal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin corporale, from Latin, neuter of corporalis; from the doctrine that the bread of the Eucharist becomes or represents the body of Christ


First Known Use: 14th century


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corporal

adjective cor·po·ral

Definition of corporal

  1. 1 obsolete :  corporeal, physical

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or affecting the body <corporal punishment>

corporally

play \-p(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb


Examples of corporal in a sentence

  1. <started to suffer the corporal ailments that come with advancing age>



Origin and Etymology of corporal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin corporalis, from corpor-, corpus body — more at midriff


First Known Use: 14th century


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corporal

noun cor·po·ral

Definition of corporal

  1. :  a noncommissioned officer ranking in the army above a private first class and below a sergeant and in the marine corps above a lance corporal and below a sergeant



Origin and Etymology of corporal

Middle French, lowest noncommissioned officer, alteration of caporal, from Old Italian caporale, from capo head, from Latin caput — more at head


First Known Use: 1579



CORPORAL Defined for Kids

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corporal

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adjective cor·po·ral \ˈkȯr-pə-rəl, ˈkȯr-prəl\

Definition of corporal for Students

  1. :  of or relating to the body <corporal punishment>



Word Root of corporal

The Latin word corpus, meaning “body,” and its form corporis give us the root corp or corpor. Words from the Latin corpus have something to do with the body. Corporal is an adjective describing something that has to do with a person's or animal's body. A corporal is a military officer who leads a body of soldiers. A corporation is a body, or group, of people who run a company. A corpse is a dead body.


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corporal

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noun cor·po·ral

Definition of corporal for Students

  1. :  a noncommissioned officer ranking above a private in the army or above a lance corporal in the marine corps




Medical Dictionary

corporal

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adjective cor·po·ral \ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rəl\

Medical Definition of corporal

  1. :  of, relating to, or affecting the body <corporal punishment>





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