noun, plural corps [kawrz, kohrz] /kɔrz, koʊrz/.
- a military organization consisting of officers and enlisted personnel or of officers alone: the U.S. Marine Corps; corps of cadets.
- a military unit of ground combat forces consisting of two or more divisions and other troops.
- corps de ballet,
- corps diplomatique,
- corps of engineers,
Origin of corps
Examples from the Web for corps
There were now five British corps in the British sector, and five American corps in the American sector.
It was now almost impossible to speak of individual divisions in relation to these actions, but only of corps.
He was deciding whether or not he wanted to stay in the Corps.A Man to Believe In: Eulogy for Marine Master Sergeant Aaron Torian|Elliot Ackerman|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a Teach For America 2011 corps member, I spent the last two years teaching 5th grade at a charter school in Harlem.A Teach for America Alum On How Testing Is Hurting Our Kids|Jonathan Sheehan|October 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The next COAS will come from the shadowy group of a dozen corps commanders who run the Army.Pakistan’s Impossible Year: Elections, Army Intrigue, and More|Bruce Riedel|December 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The killer's head snapped up at mention of the Corps, and he stared harder and more suspiciously than ever into Hanlon's eyes.Man of Many Minds|E. Everett Evans
We copy a description of the march of a regiment in Porter's corps.The Seventh Regiment|George L. Wood
His commissary was attached to the Staff of the corps, over which waved the “yellow-blue flag.”The Russian Turmoil|Anton Ivanovich Denikin
Grant now thought it best to attack the Confederate lines in front of Wright's corps.Battles of the Civil War|Thomas Elbert Vineyard
Although reverses followed, the Corps maintained the reputation it had gained for steadiness and discipline.The Life of Gordon, Volume I|Demetrius Charles Boulger
noun plural corps (kɔːz)
Word Origin for corps
late 13c., cors "body," from Old French cors "body, person, corpse, life" (9c.), from Latin corpus "body" (see corporeal). Sense in English evolved from "dead body" (13c.) to "live body" (14c.) to "body of citizens" (15c.) to "band of knights" (mid-15c.). The modern military sense (1704) is from French corps d'armée (16c.), picked up in English during Marlborough's campaigns.
French restored the Latin -p- in 14c., and English followed 15c., but the pronunciation remained "corse" at first and corse persisted as a parallel formation. After the -p- began to be sounded (16c. in English), corse became archaic or poetic only.