esprit de corps

noun es·prit de corps \ i-ˌsprē-də-ˈkȯr \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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

  1. The troops showed great esprit de corps.

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Origin and Etymology of esprit de corps

French


ESPRIT DE CORPS Defined for English Language Learners

esprit de corps

noun

Definition of esprit de corps for English Language Learners

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


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