or cor·pu·len·cy

[ kawr-pyuh-luh ns or kawr-pyuh-luh n-see ]
/ ˈkɔr pyə ləns or ˈkɔr pyə lən si /


bulkiness or largeness of body; fatness; portliness.

Nearby words

  1. corps de ballet,
  2. corps diplomatique,
  3. corps of engineers,
  4. corpse,
  5. corpsman,
  6. corpulent,
  7. corpus,
  8. corpus albicans,
  9. corpus amylaceum,
  10. corpus callosum

Origin of corpulence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word corpulentia. See corpulent, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for corpulence



late 15c. "body size" (either large or small, with adjective), from Old French corpulence (14c.) "corpulence; physical size, build," from Latin corpulentia "grossness of body," noun of quality from corpulentus (see corpulent). Restriction to "bulkiness, obesity" began late 16c. Related: Corpulency.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for corpulence


[ kôrpyə-ləns ]


The condition of being excessively fat; obesity.

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