cor·​pus | \ ˈkȯr-pəs How to pronounce corpus (audio) \
plural corpora\ ˈkȯr-​p(ə-​)rə How to pronounce corpus (audio) \

Definition of corpus

1 : the body of a human or animal especially when dead
2a : the main part or body of a bodily structure or organ the corpus of the uterus
b : the main body or corporeal substance of a thing specifically : the principal of a fund or estate as distinct from income or interest
3a : all the writings or works of a particular kind or on a particular subject especially : the complete works of an author
b : 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

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a computerized corpus of English Jane Austen's corpus is modest in number but magnificent in achievement.
Recent Examples on the Web Six months before e-commerce roll-up giant Thrasio entered India with a $500 million corpus in mid-January, the two boAt founders Gupta and Sameer Mehta backed 10club. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 3 Feb. 2022 With director Lee Jae-kyu’s new take on the subgenre and a fresh setting, All of Us Are Dead is a worthy successor in the growing Korean zombie show corpus. Sara Merican, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Keith Phipps, a longtime critic for The A.V. Club, has absorbed the whole of the corpus, from Adaptation to Zandalee, and lived to write about it. Dan Piepenbring, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 These few books notwithstanding, Connell’s large ouevre is mostly forgotten, his fiction (aside from the Bridge novels) rarely invoked by younger writers, his corpus lost to the last century. Marc Weingarten, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 The truth is by accessing the collective corpus of human resolutions, AI might conceive of ideas our pea brains cannot — better ideas. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2021 Among those, there is probably only a single person who will be discovered almost exclusively by two generally nonoverlapping groups: avid readers of the corpus of Noam Chomsky, and members of the Marine Corps. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 11 Jan. 2022 Separately, the 15th Finance Commission has released Rs4,417, out of a corpus of Rs12,139 crore, as grants to urban local bodies in 42 cities with a population of over a million, to spend on air pollution abatement activities till 2025-’26. Ishan Kukreti, Quartz, 5 Nov. 2021 But neither this concise book nor the wider corpus of Wood’s work is best understood as a narrow response to radical theorists of race relations. Sam Negus, National Review, 10 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of corpus

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corpus

Middle English, borrowed from Latin, "body, entity, group of people, collection, compendium" — more at midriff

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“Corpus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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cor·​pus | \ ˈkȯr-pəs How to pronounce corpus (audio) \
plural corpora\ -​p(ə-​)rə How to pronounce corpus (audio) \

Medical Definition of corpus

1 : the human or animal body especially when dead
2 : the main part or body of a bodily structure or organ the corpus of the jaw — see corpus uteri


cor·​pus | \ ˈkȯr-pəs, -ˌpu̇s How to pronounce corpus (audio) \
plural corpora\ -​pə-​rə How to pronounce corpus (audio) \

Legal Definition of corpus

: the main body of a thing specifically : the principal of a fund, trust, or estate as distinct from income or interest : res

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