corporation
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈkɔːpəˈɹeɪʃən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌkɔɹpəˈɹeɪʃən/
Noun

corporation (plural corporations)

  1. A body corporate, created by law or under authority of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members.
  2. The municipal governing body of a borough or city.
  3. (historical) In Fascist Italy, a joint association of employers' and workers' representatives.
  4. (slang, dated, jocular) A protruding belly; a paunch.
    • 1918, Katherine Mansfield, ‘Prelude’, Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, page 91:
      'You'd be surprised,' said Stanley, as though this were intensely interesting, 'at the number of chaps at the club who have got a corporation.'
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 316:
      He was a big chap with a corporation already, and a flat face rather like Dora's, and he had a thin black moustache.
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