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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southern Texas on Corpus Christi Bay, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico. The city is highly industrialized and has a large shrimp-fishing fleet. Population: 285,000.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church A feast in honor of the Eucharist.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church The first Thursday after Trinity Sunday, the day on which this feast is observed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a festival in honor of the eucharist, observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a city in southern Texas on an arm of the Gulf of Mexico
  • n. Thursday after Trinity Sunday; first celebrated in 1246


Middle English, from Medieval Latin Corpus Chrīstī, body of Christ : Latin corpus, body + Latin Chrīstī, genitive of Chrīstus, Christ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Why do you think the Church is called the Corpus Christi, a place we keep the Body of Christ hanging on our crosses or waiting as the Host?

    Beginner’s Grace

  • For an American Catholic, the phrase Corpus Christi is wonderfully ambiguous, inviting one to slip a great truth through the interstices of the banal.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • So on Sunday morning she called Corpus Christi ` s local paper and told them all about it.

    CNN Transcript Feb 13, 2006

  • Crass duly obliged with sister label Corpus Christi releasing the magnificent Colossal Tunes Out album in February ’83 and the Crass label released probably the band’s best single Rub Me Out which reached No.15 in the indie charts in July ’82.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • And why did Katharine Armstrong call the Corpus Christi newspaper?

    Nora Ephron: Me and My Gun

  • He has family in Corpus Christi, which is down on the Texas Gulf Coast.

    CNN Transcript Sep 12, 2007

  • Because of this miracle, Pope Urban IV commissioned the feast of Corpus Christi, which is still celebrated today.

    Feast of Corpus Christi

  • Mr. Whittington was peppered with the pellets from the shotgun blast on his face and on his neck and torso and was airlifted here to this hospital in Corpus Christi, which is about 30 mile ways from where the accident took place.

    CNN Transcript Feb 13, 2006

  • I worked at a radio station in Corpus Christi, which is the second most humid place in existence, next to Hell when the sprinkler system keeps going off because of the lake of fire that continually burns but never is consumed.

    The Real America

  • Other internet sources show vastly different interpretations for the text of 'A Plaie called Corpus Christi '.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages


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