corps

noun
\ ˈkȯr How to pronounce corps (audio) \
plural corps\ ˈkȯrz How to pronounce corps (audio) \

Definition of corps

1a : an organized subdivision of the military establishment Marine Corps Signal Corps
b : a tactical unit usually consisting of two or more divisions and auxiliary arms and services
2 : a group of persons associated together or acting under common direction especially : a body of persons having a common activity or occupation the press corps

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Distinguishing Between Core and Corps and Corpse and Corp

These words are frequently confused despite their very different applications. Core and corps both rhyme with more. Core can be a noun, verb, or adjective, but is most often used as a noun to refer to the central or most important part of something (“the core of the issue,” “the Earth’s core”) or to the usually inedible central part of a fruit (“an apple core”). Corps has several meanings, all of which refer to some kind of group: “the Marine Corps,” “the press corps.” Its plural form is also spelled corps (“two corps of reporters”) but is pronounced just as cores is. Unlike in corps, The “p” in corpse and corp is pronounced. Corpse refers to a dead body, and especially to the dead body of a human. Corp is an abbreviation for “corporation” and “corporal.” Corp, corps, and corpse all trace back to the Latin word corpus, meaning “body.” The origin of core is obscure.

Examples of corps in a Sentence

members of the press corps a reporter who is widely respected throughout the press corps
Recent Examples on the Web Tiana Woodard is a Report for America corps member covering Black neighborhoods. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Acacia Coronado is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative, a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Arkansas Online, 28 Aug. 2021 Brandon is also a Report for America corps member with the GroundTruth Project, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Aug. 2021 Stephanie García is a 2020-21 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project, a national service program that places emerging journalists in local newsrooms. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 Rachel Hutsell, a City Ballet corps member, likened the whole experience to therapy. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Lautaro Grinspan and Paradise Afshar are Report for America corps members covering metro Atlanta’s immigrant communities. Paradise Afshar, ajc, 16 Aug. 2021 Among the most common areas for growth was corps members’ ability to support students with a wide range of needs. al, 31 July 2021 Anderson is a corps members for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Bryan Anderson, Chron, 29 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'corps.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of corps

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for corps

borrowed from French, "body, tactical military unit, group of persons or things," going back to Old French cors "body, group of persons or things," going back to Latin corpus — more at midriff

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16 Sep 2021

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“Corps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corps. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for corps

corps

noun

English Language Learners Definition of corps

: an organized part of the military
: a large military group consisting of two or more divisions
: a group of people who are involved in some activity

corps

noun
\ ˈkȯr How to pronounce corps (audio) \
plural corps\ ˈkȯrz \

Kids Definition of corps

1 : an organized branch of a country's military forces Marine Corps
2 : a group of persons acting under one authority diplomatic corps

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