Meaning of “body” in the English Dictionary

"body" in British English

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uk /ˈbɒd.i/ us /ˈbɑː.di/


A1 [ C ] the whole physical structure that forms a person or animal:

A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you to keep your body healthy.
She rubbed suncream over her entire body.

B1 [ C ] the main part of a person's or animal's body, without the head, or without the head, arms, and legs:

He had a fat body but thin legs and arms.

A2 [ C ] a dead person:

A body was washed up on the beach last week.

[ C ] the painted metal shell of a vehicle, such as a car or an aircraft

See also

[ C usually singular ] old-fashioned a person:

How is a body supposed to live in these conditions?

[ C ] UK US bodysuit a piece of tight-fitting women's clothing that covers the top half of the body and fastens between the legs

More examples

  • The human body is composed of about 60% water.
  • The jacket hung loosely on his thin body.
  • Police had marked off the area where the body was found.
  • His head throbbed, and his body ached.
  • The bodies of dolphins are more streamlined than those of porpoises.

body noun (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

C2 [ C, + sing/pl verb ] a group of people who have joined together for a particular reason:

a governing body
an advisory body
The RSPCA is a respected body working for animal welfare.
There is a large body of people who are unaware of their basic rights.
Chatsworth High School’s student body raised $5,000 for the charity.
in a body formal

If people do something in a body, they do it together as a group, in an official way:

The cleaning staff went in a body to the manager to complain.

More examples

  • a self-regulating body
  • These three official bodies are the guardians of the nation's countryside.
  • FIFA is football's world governing body.
  • The elections will be overseen by an independent body.
  • Almost the entire student body took part in the demonstration.

(Definition of “body” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"body" in American English

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us /ˈbɑd·i/


[ C ] the whole physical structure that is a person or animal:

A good diet and plenty of exercise will help you keep your body healthy.

[ C ] Sometimes body can refer to the main, physical part of a person or animal but not include the head, or not include the head and the arms and legs.

[ C ] A body is also a dead person:

Police found the man’s body in the next room.

body noun (MAIN PART)

[ U ] the main part of something such as a book, a large building, or a vehicle:

Most scientists will be less interested in the body of the article than in the detailed notes at the end.

body noun (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

[ C ] a group of people who have joined together for a particular reason:

body noun (AMOUNT)

[ C ] an amount of something:

There is a growing body of evidence to support their innocence.

[ C ] A body of water is a large area of water, such as a lake.

(Definition of “body” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)