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

 

corporal

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːpərəl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrpərəl//
 
(abbreviation Cpl) The air force
 
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a member of one of the lower ranks in the army, the marines or the British air force Corporal Smith See related entries: The air force Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French, obsolete variant of caporal, from Italian caporale, probably based on Latin corpus, corpor- ‘body (of troops)’, with a change of spelling in Italian due to association with capo ‘head’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: corporal