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

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

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

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