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 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.>
Origin and Etymology of corpus
Middle English, from Latin
First Known Use: 15th century
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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