\ 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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corps or core (or corp or corpse)?

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.)

Examples of corps in a Sentence

members of the press corps a reporter who is widely respected throughout the press corps

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For the first time, women accounted for a major sector of the medical corps, serving as nurses, doctors, anesthesiologists and ambulance drivers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 It’s is not known if Prescott will do another trip with the rest of the receiver corps before training camp. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Wishing upon a star: QB Dak Prescott working out, bonding with Cowboys WRs at Disney," 12 July 2018 This is the story of the Obra Dinn: the corpses have already been thrown into the ocean, torn limb from limb by nameless horrors of the deep. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 Selected in 2012, Kikina was subsequently expelled from the cosmonaut corps in 2014 for unspecified reasons. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russia is down to a single female cosmonaut, and she may never fly," 17 Aug. 2018 Performers included unicyclists from The Gym Dandies Children’s Circus in Scarborough, Maine, and the Mattatuck Drum Band, the oldest fife and drum corps in the nation. Grace Dickinson,, "With pomp, pageantry and a parade, Philly celebrates the Fourth of July," 4 July 2018 More: Browns' DE Myles Garrett rips Kevin Durant for joining Warriors: 'KD broke the league' More: Josh Gordon: Browns 'already' have best receiving corps in NFL More: Ranking NFL's second-round QBs since 2000: Is Christian Hackenberg biggest bust? USA TODAY, "Browns' Todd Haley: Baker Mayfield has 'a long way to go'," 14 June 2018 Some pundits have already rated the Cowboys as having the worst receiver corps in the league. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys WR Allen Hurns feels no pressure to replace Dez Bryant; still has a lot prove | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 May 2018 Need level: Moderate Evaluation: New coach Steve Wilks and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb come from the Panthers, who might have the best starting linebacker corps in the NFL in Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis III and Shaq Thompson. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Can Arizona Cardinals find complement to cornerback Patrick Peterson in this draft?," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of corps was in 1707

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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


\ 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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