- an association of individuals, 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.See also municipal corporation, public corporation.
- (initial capital letter) the group of principal officials of a borough or other municipal division in England.
- any group of persons united or regarded as united in one body.
- Informal. a paunch; potbelly.
Origin of corporation
Examples from the Web for corporation
Indeed, the Japanese-owned corporation has set a horrible precedent.Kim Jong Un, Avert Your Eyes: Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Gets the Porn Parody Treatment
December 20, 2014
A 1907 contract leases the plot of land to the Belgika corporation for five years, but it stayed for much longer.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
The QC Group Inc A Minnesota-based corporation, owned by Daniel Medford and David DeVowe, which provides quality control services.The 26 Next Hobby Lobbys
December 17, 2014
The cult of corporatism allows us to reimagine the corporation as our ultimate access point to the infinitude of possibility.All Hail Shingy, AOL’s Goblin King
November 19, 2014
Nobody doubts his manipulative skills or his single-minded agenda to advance the interests of the corporation he created.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
The corporation for pecuniary gain has neither body nor soul.The Railroad Question
The Corporation of Dublin is red-hot in the matter of patriotism.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Creditors pursued him, and he lost his standing in the Corporation.William Shakespeare
Samuel Levy Bensusan
The chair is still preserved by the corporation of that town.Bygone Punishments
The civic duties of the corporation, too, were sharply defined.Holbein
- a group of people authorized by law to act as a legal personality and having its own powers, duties, and liabilities
- Also called: municipal corporation the municipal authorities of a city or town
- a group of people acting as one body
- See public corporation
- informal a large paunch or belly
Word Origin and History for corporation
mid-15c., "persons united in a body for some purpose," from such use in Anglo-Latin, from Late Latin corporationem (nominative corporatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin corporare "to embody" (see corporate). Meaning "legally authorized entity" (including municipal governments and modern business companies) is from 1610s.