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ˈkɔr pər əl, -prəlcor·po·ral

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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"

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

  5. Origin: [Corrupted fr. F. caporal, It. caporale, fr. capo head, chief, L. caput. See Chief, and cf. Caporal.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Corporal

    kor′po-ral, n. in the British army, the grade of non-commissioned officer next in rank to a sergeant; in the navy, a petty officer under a master-at-arms.—n. Cor′poralship. [Fr. caporal—It. caporalecapo, the head—L. caput, the head.]

  2. Corporal

    kor′po-ral, adj. belonging or relating to the body: having a body: not spiritual.—n. the cloth used in Catholic churches for covering the elements of the Eucharist—also Cor′porale, Cor′poras (obs.).—n. Corporal′ity, state of being corporal—opp. to Spirituality.—adv. Cor′porally.—adj. Cor′porate, legally united into a body so as to act as an individual: belonging to a corporation: united.—adv. Cor′porately.—ns. Cor′porateness; Corporā′tion, a body or society authorised by law to act as one individual: rotundity of figure, a pot-belly.—adj. Cor′porātive.—n. Cor′porātor, a member of a corporation.—adj. Corpō′real, having a body or substance; material.—v.i. and v.t. Corpō′realise.—ns. Corpō′realism, materialism; Corpō′realist, a materialist; Corporeal′ity.—adv. Corpō′really.—ns. Corporē′ity; Corporificā′tion, act of corporifying.—v.t. Corpor′ify, to embody: solidify.—Corporal punishment, punishment inflicted on the body, as flogging, &c.—Aggregate corporation, a corporation consisting of several persons; Sole corporation, a corporation which consists of one person and his successors. [L. corporaliscorpus, corpŏris, the body.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. corporal

    In the military service, is a non-commissioned officer next in rank below a sergeant. He is distinguished by two chevrons worn on the arm.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of corporal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of corporal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of corporal in a Sentence

  1. James McNulty:

    We're very aware of Jeb Bush and his stance on corporal punishment.

  2. Vincenzo Criscuolo:

    It (corporal punishment) can't be excluded but it certainly was not genocide.

  3. Elaine Richards:

    While I am not a fan of corporal punishment, I am not a fan of his friends Major Nuisance or General Disturbance.

  4. Claudia Cappa:

    Schools are not as safe as they should be, because of bullying, because of corporal punishment by teachers, because of attacks on schools.

  5. Claudia Cappa:

    Witnessing corporal punishment by teachers sends a message to children themselves that violence is acceptable in schools, which it is not.

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