corporal


1cor·po·ral

noun \ˈkr-p(ə-)rəl\

Definition of CORPORAL

:  a linen cloth on which the eucharistic elements are placed

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

cor·po·ral

adjective \ˈkr-p(ə-)rəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CORPORAL

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

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