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

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 Austin Butler has been scoring raves for his chameleonic turn as Elvis Presley, charting his life and career from his early days as a gyrating heart throb through his corpulent coda as a Vegas regular. Brent Lang, Variety, 24 June 2022 After the Sheba sequence, the djinn spends 1,500 years in a brass vase, reemerging in the Istanbul of the early Ottoman Empire, where the second in line to be sultan spends his adulthood locked in a harem with corpulent concubines. Peter Debruge, Variety, 20 May 2022 The famously corpulent despot looked noticeably slimmer in photos released by state media Saturday — after not being seen publicly for a month, the Guardian reported. Fox News, 10 June 2021 Just compare the plastic-y new Jabba to Return of the Jedi’s magnificently corpulent puppet. Ew Staff,, 4 May 2021 Nearly 40% of Mississippians struggle with obesity, but the state’s occupational licensing regime is truly corpulent. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2020 In practice, increasingly corpulent Italians — and especially Italian children — are united by an insatiable hunger for snack food., 25 Dec. 2019 Congress may again be forced to bundle many (but not all) of the spending bills together into another corpulent package, funding the government. Chad Pergram, Fox News, 25 June 2018 And Rex Stout’s corpulent genius, Nero Wolfe, investigated criminal cases without budging from his elegant Manhattan townhouse. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, 7 June 2017 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of corpulent

: very fat


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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