One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A rank of non-commissioned officer in the army, above lance corporal or private first class and below sergeant.
- ‘The number of officers in a battalion was thus reduced dramatically during the war, sergeants and corporals often taking over tasks normally performed by officers.’
- ‘Not many youths are interested in assuming the duties of privates or corporals without compensation.’
- ‘All corporals and above should be considered leaders and should be prepared as adaptive, self-aware leaders.’
- ‘He had joined up while still in his teens, seen active service and risen to the rank of corporal in the Royal Army Corps.’
- ‘He saw privates, corporals, sergeants, and all the other ranks waiting for treatment from anything such as a broken limb, to a gunshot wound to a vital area of the body.’
- ‘This is the result of bad leadership, from the top generals right down to those corporals and sergeants and captains who didn't do their duty.’
- ‘Maybe he can sell it to generals, but not many privates, corporals and second lieutenants.’
- ‘Squad leaders became buck sergeants in compensation, with a corporal as second in command.’
- ‘The Defence People Committee has endorsed an initiative to offer completion bonuses to selected corporals and sergeants in three critical trades.’
- ‘He then would assign to his men the ranks of sergeant, corporal, private and so on.’
- ‘Early in my 10th Infantry days, a corporal assembled about 30 of us new soldiers from different units for basic close-order drill.’
- ‘The others were two married corporals, a single corporal and two unmarried lance-corporals.’
- ‘Usually, they move in teams of three to five men, with the senior man being a corporal or sergeant.’
- ‘They marched in twos, first sergeant, then corporal, then the recruits in pairs.’
- ‘The Americans - three corporals and one private first class - were from the 4th Ranger Company and had volunteered for a classified mission.’
- ‘Buck sergeants, rather than corporals, served as their subordinates.’
- ‘The quality of America's Army's leaders, from corporal to general, determines the outcome of ground combat.’
- ‘However, white-collar has moved from sergeant to corporal in terms of who should be prepared as leaders.’
- ‘He was due to marry his fiancée Debbie this year and was promoted from the rank of lance corporal to corporal only days before his death.’
- ‘His colleagues, a major, warrant officer and another corporal, were killed.’
2British historical A petty officer who attended solely to police matters, under the master-at-arms.
3North American term for fallfish
Mid 16th century: 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’.
Relating to the human body.
bodily, fleshly, corporeal, carnal, mortal, earthly, worldly, physical, material, real, actual, tangible, substantialView synonyms
- ‘Computers, waffle irons, toasters, you name it, all have one major advantage over us corporal beings: They aren't burdened with the ability to think.’
- ‘Many encumbrances that our bodies endure, including detrimental ones like viruses, have an unwelcome and deeply altering effect on our already flimsy corporal authority.’
- ‘This fact confirms directly the concept of higher responsiveness of brain regions to acupuncture of auricular versus corporal points.’
- ‘Two skilled therapists subject me to an extreme form of corporal reward known as the Harmony Banyan Massage.’
- ‘Decent wine and good food are among Taylor's corporal pleasures and he speaks with what one local describes as a ‘snooty, old-fashioned Ulster accent’.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin corporalis, from corpus, corpor- ‘body’.
A cloth on which the chalice and paten are placed during the celebration of the Eucharist.
Middle English: from medieval Latin corporale (pallium) ‘body (cloth)’, from Latin corpus, corpor- ‘body’.
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