- 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.
Origin of corporalfrom 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
- Obs. corporeal (sense )
Origin of corporalClassical Latin corporalis from corpus (gen. corporis), body: see corpus
Origin of corporalOld French from Medieval Latin corporale from corporalis (palla), body (cloth): see corporal
Origin of corporalMiddle English from Old French from Latin corporālis from corpus corpor- body ; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.
- a. A noncommissioned rank in the US Army that is above private first class and below sergeant.b. A noncommissioned rank in the US Marine Corps that is above lance corporal and below sergeant.
- One who holds the rank of corporal.
Origin of corporalObsolete French alteration of caporal from Old Italian caporale from capo head from Latin caput ; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of corporalMiddle 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.