- The definition of corporal is something related to the body.
When you punish someone by harming his body and causing pain (such as by spanking the person) this is an example of corporal punishment.
- A corporal is defined as a low ranking non-commissioned officer in the military.
A man in the military who is below sergeant is an example of a corporal.
corporal definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from French caporal ; from Italian caporale, a corporal ; from capo, chief, head ; from Classical Latin caput, head: spelling, spelled influenced, influence by associated, association with corps or corporal
- of the body; bodily
- Now Rare personal
- Obsolete corporeal (sense )
Origin: Classical Latin corporalis ; from corpus (gen. corporis), body: see corpus
- corporally adverb
Origin: Old French ; from Midieval Latin corporale ; from corporalis (palla), body (cloth): see corporal
corporal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin corporālis, from corpus, corpor-, body; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.
- corˌpo·ralˈi·ty noun
- corˈpo·ral·ly adverb
- a. Abbr. CPL or Cpl. A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Army that is above private first class and below sergeant.b. Abbr. Cpl or Cpl. A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Marine Corps that is above lance corporal and below sergeant.
- One who holds the rank of corporal.
Origin: Obsolete French, alteration of caporal, from Old Italian caporale, from capo, head, from Latin caput; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French and from Medieval Latin corporāle, both from Latin corporālis, of the body (the Eucharistic bread being representative of Christ's body), from corpus, corpor-, body; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.