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
  1. noun
    an army unit usually consisting of two or more divisions and their support
    synonyms: army corps
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    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
  2. noun
    a body of people associated together
    “diplomatic corps
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    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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