[ kawr-pawr-ee-uhl, -pohr- ]
/ kɔrˈpɔr i əl, -ˈpoʊr- /


of the nature of the physical body; bodily.
material; tangible: corporeal property.

Nearby words

  1. corporatism,
  2. corporatist,
  3. corporative,
  4. corporatize,
  5. corporator,
  6. corporeity,
  7. corposant,
  8. corps,
  9. corps de ballet,
  10. corps diplomatique

Origin of corporeal

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin corpore(us) bodily (corpor- (stem of corpus) body + -eus adj. suffix) + -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedcorporal corporeal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for corporeal


/ (kɔːˈpɔːrɪəl) /


of the nature of the physical body; not spiritual
of a material nature; physical
Derived Formscorporeality or corporealness, nouncorporeally, adverb

Word Origin for corporeal

C17: from Latin corporeus, from corpus body

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Word Origin and History for corporeal



early 15c., with adjectival suffix -al (1) + Latin corporeus "of the nature of a body," from corpus "body" (living or dead), from PIE *kwrpes, from root *kwrep- "body, form, appearance," probably from a verbal root meaning "to appear" (cf. Sanskrit krp- "form, body," Avestan kerefsh "form, body," Old English hrif "belly," Old High German href "womb, belly, abdomen").

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Medicine definitions for corporeal


[ kôr-pôrē-əl ]


Of, relating to, or characteristic of the body.

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