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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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

Recent Examples on the Web

The Packers have Pro Bowler Davante Adams and a deep receiving corps. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Chicago Bears should be the favorites to win NFC North this year," 2 Sep. 2019 The Patriots also released receiver Braxton Berrios, who ran a lot of routes this summer — even working with the first team during joint practices in Tennessee when injuries thinned the corps — but couldn’t crack the roster. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Gunner Olszewski makes Patriots’ initial 53-man roster after all," 31 Aug. 2019 Alshon Jeffery, Jarvis Landry and Calvin Ridley in the low-to-mid teens rounded out an unspectacular, but solid starting corps. Si Fantasy Staff, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: Auction League Mock Draft," 30 Aug. 2019 Moses, who made 86 tackles and 3½ sacks while starting all 15 games last season, was supposed to anchor the linebacking corps with redshirt senior Joshua McMillon. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "St. Frances football coaches know Shane Lee is ready for start at Alabama: ‘He just does things the right way’," 29 Aug. 2019 His critics say his aggressive conduct hurts his cause and the press corps as a whole. Katelyn Polantz And Sam Fossum, CNN, "Federal judge will rule on Brian Karem's White House press pass by next week," 27 Aug. 2019 The linebacking corps will be headed in the middle by Kastner, who will get help on the outside from seniors Antonio Carillo and Matt Kentra. Gregg Voss, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press 2019 football preview: York Dukes," 26 Aug. 2019 The boys were trouble even as corpses because, in Whitehead’s reimagining, the Nickel School had been closed after many decades and developers had plans for an office park on part of the land. George Will, National Review, "The Nickel Boys: A Searing Reminder of What’s Not Unthinkable," 22 Aug. 2019 The boys were trouble even as corpses because, in Whitehead’s reimagining, the Nickel Academy had been closed after many decades and developers had plans for an office park on part of the land. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: ‘The Nickel Boys’: A searing reminder of what’s not unthinkable," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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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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