Definitions

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  • n. The rank or office of corporal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A corporal's office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The rank or position of a corporal: as, to work one's way up from a corporalship to a generalship.
  • n. A squad of soldiers under the charge of a corporal.

Etymologies

corporal +‎ -ship (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Landers 'reference to Leon's "lance-corporalship" stems from Leon service as a conscript with that rank in the former South African

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • He had enlisted as a private only a short time ago but had been shot speedily into his corporalship.

    Wild Wings A Romance of Youth

  • "It would help me to stay in good with him," He had a minute's worry about his corporalship.

    Three Soldiers

  • He snuggled warmly into his blankets, thinking of Yvonne and the corporalship.

    Three Soldiers

  • He was thinking of an imaginary examination for the corporalship, which he would pass, of course.

    Three Soldiers

  • If the sergeant had heard him crabbing, it might have spoiled his chances for a corporalship.

    Three Soldiers

  • "Sorry, but I'm afraid you are not cut out for a corporalship," came from Tom.

    The Rover Boys in Camp or, The Rivals of Pine Island

  • It turned out to be a young soldier who had enlisted at the post only six months before and was already known as one of the most intelligent and promising candidates for a corporalship in the garrison.

    From the Ranks

  • His corporalship soon discovered his mistake, for the first-classman gave the plebe full information as to what could be required of him, and told him to disobey any improper order of the corporal's which was plainly given to haze him.

    Henry Ossian Flipper The Colored Cadet at West Point

  • To corporalship, lance-corporalship, thou didst attain; alas, also to the halberts and cat: but thy rewarder and punisher seemed blind as the

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

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