Definition of corps
- Marine Corps
- Signal Corps
- the press corps
members of the press corps
a reporter who is widely respected throughout the press corps
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Corps and core are homophones with completely distinct meanings. Whereas corps usually refers to a group of people, core, a word of uncertain origin, carries the senses “the central or most important part of something” or “the usually inedible central part of some fruits.” Corp and corpse share an etymology with corps; all three words come from the Latin corpus, meaning “body.” However, corp is an abbreviation for “corporation” and corpse is most often used to mean “a dead body, especially of a human being.” (Before the eighteenth century, corpse could and often did also refer to a living body.)
: 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
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