- A human body in general, whether living or dead; -- sometimes contemptuously.(Obs)
- The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig."He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet." [D. Webster.]
Note: ☞ Formerly written (after the French form corps. See Corps (n.), 1.
Etymology: OF. corssometimes written corps), F. corps, L. corpus; akin to AS. hrif womb. See Midriff, and cf. Corse Corselet Corps Cuerpo