\ 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

Killinger then walked in with an oversize check in the amount of $100,000 to a cheering corps of volunteers. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County youths eat lunch thanks to Reliant," 21 June 2019 Woods and Koepka are among the PGA Tour corps of players who thrive in the weight room. James Raia, The Mercury News, "Dreaming of a Koepka vs. Woods finale at Pebble Beach," 13 June 2019 The melting of the Khumbu Glacier is exposing the corpses of dead climbers on Mount Everest, and recent snowmelts have set off a series of small earthquakes in the Sierra Nevadas. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 June 2019 The White House press secretary is supposed to be the No. 1 liaison between the president and the press corps. Brian Stelter, CNN, "With Sarah Sanders leaving, who will take over as White House press secretary?," 14 June 2019 The press corps will latch on to one or more of the pope’s remarks that appear to suggest a papal willingness to change a particular Church teaching, even though the pope has never explicitly said so. John Hirschauer, National Review, "What Is Pope Francis Saying about Communion?," 10 June 2019 Drndić reproduces these names as text, constructing within the novel its own storehouse of corpses. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, "‘Dismembered, Relocated, Rearranged’," 6 June 2019 Nye takes inspiration from test pilot Tex Johnston, who in 1955 proved the flightworthiness of Boeing’s 707 prototype by doing a crazy midflight roll in front of the press corps. NBC News, "Spacecraft that sail on sunshine could be the next big thing in spaceflight," 3 June 2019 The findings also suggest that some of these star corpses are 15 percent older than originally thought. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "When the Sun Dies, a Giant Crystal Will Take Its Place," 11 Jan. 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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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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