\ 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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Without Gronk, New England’s tight end corps is thin and weak. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Why Bill Belichick and the Patriots fit our self-image," 7 Sep. 2019 Oakland’s receiving corps was shoddy last season, but the offense could still scheme around Cook’s flexibility. Andy Benoit,, "With Antonio Brown Out, What Does the Raiders’ Receiving Corps Look Like Now?," 7 Sep. 2019 The White House has proposed a $500m-a-year service that would sit demurely within the air force, much as the marine corps is a component of the navy. The Economist, "Donald Trump unveils Space Command," 5 Sep. 2019 Salazar leads the linebacker corps and senior safety Jerry Ngo, a three-year starter, is a leader in the secondary. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "High School Football Preview: Fountain Valley looks to build with new coach Chris Anderson," 13 Aug. 2019 Actually, Harper’s receiver corps might not be as worrisome as Macy thinks. Mike Lefkow, The Mercury News, "The Fab Forty, No. 23: Campolindo QB could be the difference-maker," 1 Aug. 2019 Led by All-America candidate Shaquille Quarterman, the Hurricanes’ linebacking corps is among the nation’s best. Edgar Thompson,, "Five things to watch during Gators preseason camp," 24 July 2019 There’s much to unpack, so in bite-size portions: Receivers: Isaiah Hodgins was prominent for the Beavers, but the rest of the receiving corps was largely missing in action. oregonlive, "Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith says second-half offense not about play-calling, but details, route-running, and catching the ball," 10 Sep. 2019 That’s unideal for a receiving corps that’s not particularly big or fast, but Arizona’s wideouts consistently did just enough. Andy Benoit,, "The Highs and Lows of the Kyler-Kingsbury Debut," 9 Sep. 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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