\ ˈkȯr \
plural corps\ ˈkȯrz \

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

From time to time the entire technology press corps gets together on Twitter, spends several hours live-tweeting the same event, and then writes a series of blog posts about how nothing important happened. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 Presidential motorcades typically encompass more than a dozen vehicles, including Secret Service counter assault teams, medical personnel, White House aides and the press corps. David Nakamura, The Seattle Times, "Trump uses eight-vehicle motorcade to travel 250 yards to greet George W. Bush," 4 Dec. 2018 On Friday evening, a bus carrying the U.S. press corps got stuck in an overhead wooden structure and was left behind by Mr. Trump’s motorcade. Alex Leary, WSJ, "Distractions From Near and Far Colored the Group of 20 Talks," 2 Dec. 2018 Whatever the Washington press corps thinks of him, the country thinks something very different. Annie Linskey,, "Mitt Romney wins GOP primary for Senate in Utah," 26 June 2018 The result was easy to predict: Sanders would arrive a little late and adjourn a little early to allow herself and the press corps plenty of time to migrate from the briefing room to the South Lawn. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "White House press briefings got shorter in May for the fourth straight month," 1 June 2018 Cooke joined McCain for two days in New Hampshire—riding along with national political reporters as the Arizona senator regaled the traveling press corps over coffee and donuts. Graham Vyse, The New Republic, "How the Washington Press Fell in Love With John McCain," 25 May 2018 Hours later, Sanders returned to her lectern to field queries from a skeptical press corps, though her answers still left reporters with more questions. The Washington Post,, "As a willing warrior for Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggles to maintain credibility," 5 May 2018 Covering a Congress just starting its descent into partisan gridlock, Mr Komarow’s countervailing courtesy led the press corps to choose him as their negotiator over access. The Economist, "Steve Komarow, editor of CQ RollCall, died on April 29th," 3 May 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 \
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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