- a dead body, usually of a human being.
- something no longer useful or viable: rusting corpses of old cars.
- Obsolete. a human or animal body, whether alive or dead.
Origin of corpse
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Examples from the Web for corpse
The corpse of a British man who died in Macedonia is being flown to Frankfurt for Ebola testing.Europe’s Hidden Ebola Cases
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2014
Once cleaned and sealed in two body bags, the corpse will be driven to a fresh row of graves.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
August 13, 2014
Did Hamas capture an Israeli soldier, or drag away his corpse?Israel’s Mystery MIA in Gaza
July 22, 2014
As for the Little Tramp himself, his corpse was reburied in a concrete grave to prevent future snatching.Invasion of the Celebrity Body Snatchers, From Charlie Chaplin to Casey Kasem
July 19, 2014
He was arraigned on two counts of hiding a corpse, and bail was set at $1 million.How ‘MrHandcuffs’ Ended Up With Two Corpses in Suitcases
June 30, 2014
Therefore as soon as a man had died, his corpse was embalmed.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Again it seemed that the features of the corpse had moved responsive to her own.The White Old Maid (From "Twice Told Tales")
Only Maulo, the camp jester, hurled a facetious comment at the corpse.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
After that, he dragged the corpse to the dike and threw it in.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
Then the woman wept bitterly, and when she had wept her fill they buried the corpse.The Chinese Fairy Book
- a dead body, esp of a human being; cadaver
- theatre slang to laugh or cause to laugh involuntarily or inopportunely while on stage
Word Origin and History for corpse
1540s, variant spelling of corps (q.v.). The -p- originally was silent, as in French, and with some speakers still is. The terminal -e was rare before 19c. Corpse-candle is attested from 1690s.
- A dead body, especially the dead body of a human.
- A cadaver.