- 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
- 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
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.