\ ˈkȯrps How to pronounce corpse (audio) \

Definition of corpse

1 archaic : a human or animal body whether living or dead
2a : a dead body especially of a human being
b : the remains of something discarded or defunct the corpses of rusting cars

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for corpse


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Distinguishing Between Core and Corps and Corpse and Corp

These words are frequently confused despite their very different applications. Core and corps both rhyme with more. Core can be a noun, verb, or adjective, but is most often used as a noun to refer to the central or most important part of something (“the core of the issue,” “the Earth’s core”) or to the usually inedible central part of a fruit (“an apple core”). Corps has several meanings, all of which refer to some kind of group: “the Marine Corps,” “the press corps.” Its plural form is also spelled corps (“two corps of reporters”) but is pronounced just as cores is. Unlike in corps, The “p” in corpse and corp is pronounced. Corpse refers to a dead body, and especially to the dead body of a human. Corp is an abbreviation for “corporation” and “corporal.” Corp, corps, and corpse all trace back to the Latin word corpus, meaning “body.” The origin of core is obscure.

Examples of corpse in a Sentence

a battlefield strewn with corpses the startling discovery of a corpse required a call to the police
Recent Examples on the Web Christopher was booked into the Multnomah County jail, charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. oregonlive, 26 May 2021 Love Has Won are arrested on charges of abuse of a corpse. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 Despite its name, the flower did not smell overpoweringly corpse-like from a distance, but no one was feigning disappointment. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 Raphael Marquel Clark, 30, was found guilty of murder and abuse of corpse in Dallas County, said District Attorney Michael Jackson. Carol Robinson |, al, 13 May 2021 De Meyer said that eating it was like taking a bite out of a corpse. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 LaTonya Austin, 42, is facing one count of abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, according to a complaint filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 9 May 2021 Karin Raymond, 47, is charged with abuse of a corpse, child abuse and false imprisonment. Washington Post, 5 May 2021 Martinón-Torres says this suggests a kind of relation between the dead and living, rather than the practical act of simply disposing of a corpse. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'corpse.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of corpse

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corpse

Middle English cors, corps, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin corpus "body" — more at midriff

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about corpse

Time Traveler for corpse

Time Traveler

The first known use of corpse was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for corpse

Last Updated

3 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Corpse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for corpse



English Language Learners Definition of corpse

: a dead body


\ ˈkȯrps How to pronounce corpse (audio) \

Kids Definition of corpse

: a dead body


\ ˈkȯ(ə)rps How to pronounce corpse (audio) \

Medical Definition of corpse

: a dead body especially of a human being


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!