Definitions for Corporalˈkɔr pər əl, -prəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cor•po•ral*ˈkɔr pər əl, -prəl(adj.)

  1. of the body; bodily:

    corporal punishment.

  2. personal:

    corporal possession.

  3. Obs. corporeal; of the material world.

* Syn: See physical.

Origin of corporal:

1350–1400; ME corporall (< AF) < L corporālis bodily =corpor-, s. of corpus body (cf. corpus ) +-ālis -al1


cor•po•ralˈkɔr pər əl, -prəl(n.)

  1. a noncommissioned U.S. Army officer ranking above a private first class.

    Category: Military

  2. a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps ranking above a lance corporal.

    Category: Military

  3. an officer of similar rank in the armed services of other countries.

    Category: Military

Origin of corporal:

1570–80; < MF, var. of caporal (influenced by corporalcorporal1) < It caporale, appar. contr. of phrase capo corporale corporal head, i.e., head of a body (of soldiers)



cor•po•ralˈkɔr pər əl, -prəl(n.)

  1. a linen cloth on which the elements of the Eucharist are placed.

    Category: Religion

Origin of corporal:

1350–1400; ME, earlier corpora(u)s < OF corporaus, -als < ML corporālis (palla) eucharistic (altar cloth)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. corporal(adj)

    a noncommissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines

  2. bodily, corporal, corporeal, somatic(adj)

    affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit

    "bodily needs"; "a corporal defect"; "corporeal suffering"; "a somatic symptom or somatic illness"

  3. bodied, corporal, corporate, embodied, incarnate(adj)

    possessing or existing in bodily form

    "what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare; "an incarnate spirit"; "`corporate' is an archaic term"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. corporal(noun)ˈkɔr pər əl, -prəl

    a low-ranking military officer

Webster Dictionary

  1. Corporal(noun)

    a noncommissioned officer, next below a sergeant. In the United States army he is the lowest noncommissioned officer in a company of infantry. He places and relieves sentinels

  2. Corporal(adj)

    belonging or relating to the body; bodily

  3. Corporal(adj)

    having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In this sense now usually written corporeal

  4. Corporal(adj)

    alt. of Corporale


  1. Corporal

    Corporal is a military rank in use in some form by most militaries and by some police forces or other uniformed organizations. Within NATO, each member nations corresponding military rank of corporal is combined under the NATO-standard rank scale code OR-4. The rank of corporal nominally corresponds to commanding a section or squad of soldiers. However, in the United States Army, a corporal is usually a fire team leader or second-in-command of a squad of soldiers. In the United States Marine Corps, corporal is the table of organization rank for a rifle fire team leader, machine gun team leader, light mortar squad leader, and assault weapon team leader, as well as gunner on most larger crew served weapons and armored vehicles. In most countries which derive their military structure from the British military system, it is a more senior rank than that of private. However, in several other countries, such as Canada, Italy and Norway, corporal is a junior rank, indicating a more experienced soldier than a private, and also on a higher pay scale, but having no particular command appointment corresponding to the rank, similar to specialist in the U.S. Army.

Translations for Corporal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of the body

The headmaster disapproves of caning and all other forms of corporal punishment.

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