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 uterusb : 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 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
a computerized corpus of English
Jane Austen's corpus is modest in number but magnificent in achievement.
Recent Examples of corpus from the Web
A new tool called QnA Maker extracts frequently asked questions from a corpus of text, and serves them up as answers for a chat bot.
That’ll mean whatever applications are currently available could be easily sent to a soldier’s work computer — which doesn’t really help, given the whole idea is to allow mobile access to the corpus of Army information.
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Origin and Etymology of corpus
Middle English, from Latin
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
CORPUS Defined for English Language Learners
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.
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