[ kawrps ]
/ kɔrps /


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

1225–75; Middle English corps; orig. spelling variant of cors corse but the p is now sounded

Can be confused

core corp. corps corpse corpus

Synonym study

1. See body. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for corpse


/ (kɔːps) /


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 for corpse

C14: from Old French corps body, from Latin corpus body
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Medicine definitions for corpse


[ kôrps ]


A dead body, especially the dead body of a human.
A cadaver.
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