corps

A corps is an army unit consisting of at least two divisions. This word can also refer to other groups of people, like a press corps, which is a gang of journalists trying to get the scoop.

Although the word corps comes from the Latin corpus, for “body,” don’t pronounce the p or you’re talking about the kind of body that goes in a coffin. The main meaning of a corps (which is singular despite the s) is a unit of the army. The word applies to other groups, too. A law firm has a corps of lawyers, a doctor has a corps of nurses, and a tiny car could have a corps of clowns.

DEFINITIONS OF: corps

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n an army unit usually consisting of two or more divisions and their support

Synonyms:
army corps
Types:
WAC, Women's Army Corps
an army corps that was organized in World War II but is no longer a separate branch of the United States Army
ROTC, Reserve Officers Training Corps
a training program to prepare college students to be commissioned officers
Type of:
army unit
a military unit that is part of an army

n a body of people associated together

“diplomatic corps
Types:
corps diplomatique, diplomatic corps, diplomatic service
the body of diplomatic personnel
Type of:
body
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
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