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[ kawr-puhs ]


, plural cor·po·ra [kawr, -per-, uh] or, sometimes, cor·pus·es.
  1. a large or complete collection of writings:

    the entire corpus of Old English poetry.

  2. the body of a person or animal, especially when dead.
  3. Anatomy. a body, mass, or part having a special character or function.
  4. Linguistics. a body of utterances, as words or sentences, assumed to be representative of and used for lexical, grammatical, or other linguistic analysis.
  5. a principal or capital sum, as opposed to interest or income.


/ ˈkɔːpəs /


  1. a collection or body of writings, esp by a single author or on a specific topic

    the corpus of Dickens' works

  2. the main body, section, or substance of something
  3. anatomy
    1. any distinct mass or body
    2. the main part of an organ or structure
  4. the inner layer or layers of cells of the meristem at a shoot tip, which produces the vascular tissue and pith Compare tunica
  5. linguistics a body of data, esp the finite collection of grammatical sentences of a language that a linguistic theory seeks to describe by means of an algorithm
  6. a capital or principal sum, as contrasted with a derived income
  7. obsolete.
    a human or animal body, esp a dead one
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of corpus1

First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English, from Latin
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Word History and Origins

Origin of corpus1

C14: from Latin: body
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Example Sentences

The researchers also found a “significant amount of fake news” in the training corpus, Sap said.

From Fortune

Especially with the corpus of cash its digital arm Jio Platforms has amassed just this year.

From Quartz

Then they can simply be “fine-tuned” on a smaller corpus to improve performance on a specific task—for example, classifying news articles by topic, summarizing paragraphs, or predicting the sentences that follow a given input.

In the 20th and 21st centuries, some researchers found the whole corpus callosum is proportionally larger in women on average while others found only certain parts are bigger.

The seizure corpus helped “label” much of the data—somewhat similar to labeling data in supervised machine learning—paving the road for machines to better “read” human electrical brain recordings.

The local churches were celebrating The Feast of Corpus Christi by launching brilliantly exploding rockets into the night.

And Rep. Blake Farenthold made it onto the list of “notable people” from Corpus Christi, Texas.

They hate that Lincoln suspended habeas corpus; they never note that Jefferson Davis did, too.

There was also a memorable encounter while disembarking at Corpus Christi.

Hernandez was well-known in their rough Corpus Christi neighborhood as an unsavory character.

Thomas goes on to contradict Aristotle, in holding quod nullum ens esset nisi corpus.

Our procession was, however, a more solemn one on the day of Corpus Christi when we carried about the blessed Sacrament.

English act of habeas corpus passed; the act suspending it was repealed, probably forever, 1818.

On Corpus Christi's Eve, the usual celebration greatly aggrieved the perth weekly assembly.

One of the most familiar actions is habeas corpus, which is employed to recover a person's liberty from illegal restraint.


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More About Corpus

What does corpus mean?

Corpus most commonly refers to a large or comprehensive collection of creative works, such as all of the writings of a particular author.

An artist’s corpus is their body of work, and in fact the word corpus comes from the Latin word meaning “body.” (This Latin word appears in the well-known legal phrase habeas corpus, meaning “(you may) have the body.”)

More generally, corpus is used in English to refer to the main body, section, or substance of something.

The word is used in a more specific way in linguistics to refer to an entire set of a particular linguistic element within a language, such as words or sentences.

It’s also used in several more specific ways in the context of anatomy in the names of body parts.

The correct plural of corpus can be either corpora or corpuses. (Other Latin-derived words can be pluralized in the same way as corpora.)

Example: Instead of devoting my dissertation to examining a specific theme throughout her corpus, I decided to focus on a single work.

Where does corpus come from?

The first records of the use of the word corpus in English come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin corpus, meaning “body.” This root forms the basis of many words pertaining to the body or referring to a body in the sense of a group, such as corpse and corps.

Corpus most commonly refers to a collection of texts of a particular author or within some category. The corpus of Shakespeare, for example, is the collection of everything he ever wrote. The word collection here doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all kept in one place like a library or a database—it simply refers to everything in existence that fits into that category.

The word corpus isn’t only used for a collection of works by a single author, or even written works. Corpora can exist for all kinds of topics, time periods, and works.

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How is corpus used in real life?

Corpus is most often used in an academic context in the analysis of literature, but it can be used in many other situations.





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Which of the following terms could be used in reference to a corpus

A. collection
B. compilation
C. body of work
D. all of the above




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