\ 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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This is intended to give the impression, abetted by a press corps that was... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trolling the Mueller Report," 3 Apr. 2019 The House Armed Services Committee last year attempted but failed to establish in the annual defense policy bill a separate space corps within the Air Force. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Here Comes the Space Force: Mike Pence Outlines Steps To Create 6th Branch of the Military," 9 Aug. 2018 Fed up with lack of funding from Tallahassee and under pressure from a frustrated teacher corps that can't keep up with skyrocketing costs of living, the Miami-Dade County school district may soon turn to voters for help. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Miami-Dade is an A-rated school district. Will voters decide to pay teachers more?," 27 June 2018 Shawcroft led a talented linebacker corps that contributed to a Helix defense which posted five shutouts while allowing just 12 points a game. Kirk Kenney,, "Aztecs get commitment from Helix LB Michael Shawcroft," 26 June 2018 The thing is, the DoD has already started looking into a space corps, at Congress’s request. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Trump’s Space Force may actually be more of a bureaucratic nightmare," 20 June 2018 The corps de crowd included Patti Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sting, Bianca Jagger, and Calvin Klein. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Anna Wintour, Patti Smith, and Sarah Jessica Parker Attend a Screening for Ralph Fiennes’s White Crow," 24 Apr. 2019 In the very first scene of Season 1, Episode 1, a man of the Night's Watch finds corpses in the woods lying in an eerie formation. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Origins of the White Walkers' Terrifying Spiral Symbol in Game of Thrones," 15 Apr. 2019 The Orlando stop is part of the 2018 Summer Tour, which includes 109 shows in 37 states with 47 drum corps on the road to the World Championship Finals in Indianapolis on Aug. 11. Anne Dunlap,, "Drum Corps International marches into Orlando," 6 July 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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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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