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.
Recent Examples on the Web Employees appreciated his direct outreach, which ignored department hierarchy and engendered an esprit de corps in the building. Paula Dobriansky, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 This could be even more applicable now—a workforce that connects through video chats rarely gets face-to-face reinforcement, and esprit de corps and inspiration can lag. Jerome Ternynck, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2021 The five — all of whom are no longer in office — claim their collaboration made the energy cooperative a highly successful operation and the pricey getaways built esprit de corps, while giving them an opportunity to relax, recharge and reconnect. Edmund H. Mahony,, 31 Oct. 2021 One of the first steps is to create a sense of camaraderie and esprit de corps. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The military requires unit cohesion, high morale, good order and discipline, and esprit de corps. WSJ, 5 July 2021 Part of the Cannonball's attraction is the esprit de corps of scooter pilots, the friendships built in group rides, forum discussions and chance meetings on the road. George Petras, USA Today, 2 July 2021 The Islanders will need to summon all of that esprit de corps and more to beat the Lightning. New York Times, 13 June 2021 The esprit de corps that most athletes remember wistfully years after their Olympic experience will sadly be nonexistent this summer. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of esprit de corps

1780, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2021

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“Esprit de corps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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