Copula definition

kŏpyə-lə
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A verb, such as a form of be or seem, that identifies the predicate of a sentence with the subject.
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Something that connects or links together.
  • (logic) The connecting link between the subject and predicate of a proposition.
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(grammar) A word used to link the subject of a sentence with a predicate (usually a subject complement or an adverbial); it serves to unite (associate) the subject with the predicate. (e.g. be).
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(statistics) A function that represents the association between two or more variables, independent of the individual marginal distributions of the variables.
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(music) A device that connects two or more keyboards of an organ.
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(logic) The word or set of words that serves as a link between the subject and predicate of a proposition.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
copula
Plural:
copulae, copulas

Origin of copula

  • Latin cōpula link

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from Latin copula (“bond, tie”). See there for details.

    From Wiktionary