esprit de corps

[e-spree duh kawr]

noun

a sense of unity and of common interests and responsibilities, as developed among a group of persons closely associated in a task, cause, enterprise, etc.

Nearby words

  1. espousal,
  2. espouse,
  3. espressivo,
  4. espresso,
  5. esprit,
  6. esprit de l'escalier,
  7. espronceda,
  8. espronceda, josé de,
  9. espundia,
  10. espy

Origin of esprit de corps

Borrowed into English from French around 1770–80

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British Dictionary definitions for esprit de corps

esprit de corps

noun

consciousness of and pride in belonging to a particular group; the sense of shared purpose and fellowship
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Culture definitions for esprit de corps

esprit de corps

[(es-pree duh kawr)]

The feeling of camaraderie among members of a group or an organization: “The campers have been together for only one week, but they are already bound by a strong esprit de corps.” From French, meaning “group spirit.”

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