noun \ˈkrps\

: a dead body

Full Definition of CORPSE

archaic :  a human or animal body whether living or dead
a :  a dead body especially of a human being
b :  the remains of something discarded or defunct <the corpses of rusting cars>

Examples of CORPSE

  1. a battlefield strewn with corpses
  2. <the startling discovery of a corpse required a call to the police>

Origin of CORPSE

Middle English corps, from Anglo-French cors, corps, from Latin corpus
First Known Use: 13th century

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CORPSES Defined for Kids


noun \ˈkrps\

Definition of CORPSE for Kids

:  a dead body

Word Root of CORPSE

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.
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈk(ə)rps\

Medical Definition of CORPSE

:  a dead body especially of a human being


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