corporation (n.)
mid-15c., "persons united in a body for some purpose," from such use in Anglo-Latin, from Late Latin corporationem (nominative corporatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin corporare "embody, form into a body," from corpus (genitive corporis) "body" (from PIE root *kwrep- "body, form, appearance"). Meaning "legally authorized entity" (including municipal governments and modern business companies) is from 1610s.