Corpus Christi

Cor·pus Chris·ti | \ ˈkȯr-pəs-ˈkri-stē \

Definition of Corpus Christi 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the Thursday after Trinity observed as a Roman Catholic festival in honor of the Eucharist

Corpus Christi

geographical name
Cor·pus Chris·ti | \ ˌkȯr-pəs-ˈkri-stē \

Definition of Corpus Christi (Entry 2 of 2)

city and port on Corpus Christi Bay (an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico) at the mouth of the Nueces River in southern Texas population 305,215

First Known Use of Corpus Christi


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Corpus Christi


Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin Corpus Christī, short for festum Corporis Christī "feast of the Body of Christ"

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