corpus

play
noun cor·pus \ˈkȯr-pəs\

Definition of corpus

plural

corpora

play \ˈkȯr-p(ə-)rə\
  1. 1 :  the body of a human or animal especially when dead

  2. 2a :  the main part or body of a bodily structure or organ the corpus of the uterusb :  the main body or corporeal substance of a thing; specifically :  the principal of a fund or estate as distinct from income or interest

  3. 3a :  all the writings or works of a particular kind or on a particular subject; especially :  the complete works of an authorb :  a collection or body of knowledge or evidence; especially :  a collection of recorded utterances used as a basis for the descriptive analysis of a language

Examples of corpus in a Sentence

  1. a computerized corpus of English

  2. Jane Austen's corpus is modest in number but magnificent in achievement.

Recent Examples of corpus from the Web

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

Origin and Etymology of corpus

Middle English, from Latin


CORPUS Defined for English Language Learners

corpus

play
noun

Definition of corpus for English Language Learners

  • : a collection of writings, conversations, speeches, etc., that people use to study and describe a language

  • : a collection of poems, paintings, songs, etc.


Medical Dictionary

corpus

play
noun cor·pus \ˈkȯr-pəs\

Medical Definition of corpus

plural

corpora

\-p(ə-)rə\play
  1. 1:  the human or animal body especially when dead

  2. 2:  the main part or body of a bodily structure or organ the corpus of the jaw—see corpus uteri


Law Dictionary

corpus

play
noun cor·pus \ˈkȯr-pəs, -ˌpu̇s\

Legal Definition of corpus

plural

corpora

\-pə-rə\ play
  1. :  the main body of a thing; specifically :  the principal of a fund, trust, or estate as distinct from income or interest :  res



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up corpus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to fight against or to call in question

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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