corpulent

adjective
cor·​pu·​lent | \ ˈkȯr-pyə-lənt How to pronounce corpulent (audio) \

Definition of corpulent

: having a large bulky body : obese … were a bit corpulent from too many years of privileged living …— Thomas Cutler

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Other Words from corpulent

corpulently adverb

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The Duchess of Windsor may have said that you can never be too rich or too thin, but that's a rather modern point of view. In earlier times in Europe, being overweight was considered a sign of wealth and well-being, as demonstrated by the corpulence of many European kings. Still today, corpulence is thought to be superior to thinness in some of the world's cultures. But corpulent and corpulence are less often used than they once were, and we're now probably more likely to say "obese" and "obesity".

Examples of corpulent in a Sentence

a corpulent, elegantly dressed opera singer came out and sang, and we knew it was over
Recent Examples on the Web Nearly 40% of Mississippians struggle with obesity, but the state’s occupational licensing regime is truly corpulent. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Mississippi’s Biggest Loser," 15 Mar. 2020 In practice, increasingly corpulent Italians — and especially Italian children — are united by an insatiable hunger for snack food. BostonGlobe.com, "This Christmas, Italy’s in a cookie war - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 In practice, increasingly corpulent Italians — and especially Italian children — are united by an insatiable hunger for snack food. BostonGlobe.com, "This Christmas, Italy’s in a cookie war - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 In practice, increasingly corpulent Italians — and especially Italian children — are united by an insatiable hunger for snack food. BostonGlobe.com, "This Christmas, Italy’s in a cookie war - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 In practice, increasingly corpulent Italians — and especially Italian children — are united by an insatiable hunger for snack food. BostonGlobe.com, "This Christmas, Italy’s in a cookie war - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 In practice, increasingly corpulent Italians — and especially Italian children — are united by an insatiable hunger for snack food. BostonGlobe.com, "This Christmas, Italy’s in a cookie war - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 In practice, increasingly corpulent Italians — and especially Italian children — are united by an insatiable hunger for snack food. BostonGlobe.com, "This Christmas, Italy’s in a cookie war - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 In practice, increasingly corpulent Italians — and especially Italian children — are united by an insatiable hunger for snack food. BostonGlobe.com, "This Christmas, Italy’s in a cookie war - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of corpulent

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corpulent

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin corpulentus, from corpus "body" + -ulentus "having in quantity, full of" — more at midriff

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“Corpulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corpulent. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for corpulent

corpulent

adjective
How to pronounce corpulent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of corpulent

formal : fat

corpulent

adjective
cor·​pu·​lent | \ ˈkȯr-pyə-lənt How to pronounce corpulent (audio) \

Kids Definition of corpulent

: very fat

corpulent

adjective
cor·​pu·​lent | \ -lənt How to pronounce corpulent (audio) \

Medical Definition of corpulent

: having a large bulky body : obese

Other Words from corpulent

corpulently adverb

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