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1corporal

noun cor·po·ral \ˈkr-p(ə-)rəl\

Definition of CORPORAL

:  a linen cloth on which the eucharistic elements are placed
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Origin 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

2corporal

adjective

Definition of CORPORAL

1
obsolete :  corporeal, physical
2
:  of, relating to, or affecting the body <corporal punishment>
cor·po·ral·ly \-p(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb

Examples of CORPORAL

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

Origin of CORPORAL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin corporalis, from corpor-, corpus body — more at midriff
First Known Use: 14th century

3corporal

noun

Definition of CORPORAL

:  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 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

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
CORPORALLY Defined for Kids

1corporal

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

Definition of CORPORAL for Kids

:  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.

2corporal

noun

Definition of CORPORAL for Kids

:  a noncommissioned officer ranking above a private in the army or above a lance corporal in the marine corps
Medical Dictionary

corporal

adjective cor·po·ral \ˈkr-p(ə-)rəl\

Medical Definition of CORPORAL

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

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