esprit de corps

es·​prit de corps | \ i-ˌsprē-də-ˈkȯr How to pronounce esprit de corps (audio) \

Definition of esprit de corps

: the common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honor of the group

Examples of esprit de corps in a Sentence

The troops showed great esprit de corps.

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Whatever it is called, the aim is to inculcate a galactic esprit de corps. The Economist, "Donald Trump creates Space Command but must wait for Space Force," 30 Aug. 2019 As tech enterprises release new projects, T-shirts are de rigueur for fostering esprit de corps among team members. Carolyn Said,, "It’s free. It’s fun. Why Silicon Valley loves swag — and how it’s changing," 21 July 2019 Most of them came from Notting Hill, the West London enclave known for a rich, libertine esprit de corps. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Is Brexit Ruining London Dinner Parties?," 25 Feb. 2019 Not a good vibe for a group supposedly driven by a strong esprit de corps. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Sanders Announces Reelection Bid as Negative Buzz Builds About Our Revolution," 22 May 2018 The analogy isn’t meant to compare the mission types but rather the sense of independence from Big Army, and the esprit de corps therein. Matt Gallagher, WIRED, "Army of 01101111: The Making of a Cyber Battalion," 27 Mar. 2018 During our interview, Tirico praised the other NBC Olympic hosts—Ahmed Fareed, Rebecca Lowe, Carolyn Manno and Liam McHugh—for an esprit de corps among the hosts. Richard Deitsch,, "Media Circus: Mike Tirico Reflects on First NBC Olympics Hosting Experience," 25 Feb. 2018 Yin stands in the shadow of a king; bringing light, and life, and relevance, to this brand will require esprit de corps. Vogue, "Poiret Is Being Revived a Century After Its Heyday—Will It Matter to Fashion Audiences in 2018?," 30 Jan. 2018 Contemplative solo walks have their merits; esprit de corps is not one of them. Linda Immediato, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Griffith Park Night Hike Is, Surprisingly, Not Terrifying," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of esprit de corps

1780, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of esprit de corps

: feelings of loyalty, enthusiasm, and devotion to a group among people who are members of the group

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