Definition of corpus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɔːpəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrpəs//
(pl. corpora
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːpərə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrpərə//
, corpuses
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːpəsɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrpəsɪz//
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a collection of written or spoken texts a corpus of 100 million words of spoken English the whole corpus of Renaissance poetry see also habeas corpus Word Originlate Middle English (denoting a human or animal body): from Latin, literally ‘body’. The current sense dates from the early 18th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: corpus