Definition of "corpus" [cor•pus]

  • A large collection of writings of a specific kind or on a specific subject. (noun)
  • A collection of writings or recorded remarks used for linguistic analysis. (noun)
  • Economics The capital or principal amount, as of an estate or trust. (noun)
  • Economics The principal of a bond. (noun)
  • Anatomy The main part of a bodily structure or organ. (noun)

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Use "corpus" in a sentence
  • "The term corpus here denotes a collection of documents; corpus juris,"
  • "We cannot better explain the signification of the term corpus juris canonici than by showing the successive meanings which were assigned to it in the past and which it usually bears at the present day."
  • "Chemical Eye on Cage Compounds - Habeas corpus is Latin for "You should have the body"."