• (British) IPA: /ˈkɔː.pɹəl/, /ˈkɔː.pɜ.ɹəl/
  • (America) enPR kôr'pər-əl, IPA: /ˈkɔɹ.pɝ.əl/, /ˈkɔɹ.pɹəl/

corporal (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Having a physical, tangible body; material, corporeal.
    • 1603-06, Macbeth: Ac.1 Sc3, Wm. Shakespeare.
      Into the air; and what seem'd corporal melted as breath into the wind.
  2. Of or pertaining to the body, especially the human body; bodily.
    corporal punishment
    corporal suffering
  3. (zoology) Pertaining to the body (the thorax and abdomen), as distinguished from the head, limbs and wings, etc.
    • 1998, Rüdiger Riehl, Aquarium Atlas, volume 3, page 572:
      The smaller 9 9 have less elongated fins, drabber corporal colors, and more transparent fins.
Synonyms Noun

corporal (plural corporals)

  1. (military) A non-commissioned officer army rank with NATO code OR-4. The rank below a sergeant but above a lance corporal and private.
  2. A non-commissioned officer rank in the police force, below a sergeant but above a private or patrolman.
  3. (mining, historical) A worker in charge of the wagonway, reporting to the deputy.
Synonyms Translations Noun

corporal (plural corporals)

  1. (ecclesiastical) The white linen cloth on which the elements of the Eucharist are placed; a communion cloth.

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