[kawr-per-uh l, -pruh l] /ˈkɔr pər əl, -prəl/
of the human body; bodily; physical:
Zoology. of the body proper, as distinguished from the head and limbs.
Obsolete. ; belonging to the material world.
of or relating to the body; bodily
an obsolete word for corporeal
a noncommissioned officer junior to a sergeant in the army, air force, or marines
(in the Royal Navy) a petty officer who assists the master-at-arms
a white linen cloth on which the bread and wine are placed during the Eucharist
lowest noncommissioned army officer, 1570s, from Middle French corporal, from Italian caporale “a corporal,” from capo “chief, head,” from Latin caput “head” (see capitulum). So called because he was in charge of a body of troops. Perhaps influenced by Italian corpo, from Latin corps “body.” Or corps may be the source and caput the influence, as the OED suggests.
“of or belonging to the body,” late 14c., from Old French corporal (12c., Modern French corporel) “of the body, physical, strong,” from Latin corporalis “pertaining to the body,” from corpus (genitive corporis) “body” (see corps). Corporal punishment “punishment of the body” (as opposed to fine or loss of rank or privilege) is from 1580s. Related: Corporality.
- Corporal of horse
noun 1. a noncommissioned rank in the British Household Cavalry above that of sergeant and below that of staff sergeant
noun 1. Law. physical punishment, as flogging, inflicted on the body of one convicted of a crime: formerly included the death penalty, sentencing to a term of years, etc. 2. physical punishment, as spanking, inflicted on a child by an adult in authority. noun 1. punishment of a physical nature, such as caning, flogging, or […]
[kawr-per-uh l, -pruh l] /ˈkɔr pər əl, -prəl/ noun 1. Military. 2. (initial capital letter) a U.S. surface-to-surface, single-stage ballistic missile. [kawr-per-uh l, -pruh l] /ˈkɔr pər əl, -prəl/ noun, Ecclesiastical. 1. a fine cloth, usually of linen, on which the consecrated elements are placed or with which they are covered. /ˈkɔːpərəl; -prəl/ adjective 1. […]
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