corpus

noun cor·pus \ ˈkȯr-pəs \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of corpus

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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of corpus

Middle English, from Latin

corpus Synonyms

Synonyms
oeuvre
Related Words
output; canon

CORPUS Defined for English Language Learners

corpus

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

noun cor·pus \ ˈkȯr-pəs \

medical Definition of corpus

plural corpora play \-p(ə-)rə\
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

Law Dictionary

corpus

noun cor·pus \ ˈkȯr-pəs, -ˌpu̇s \

legal Definition of corpus

plural corpora play \-pə-rə\
: 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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