esprit de corps

[ e-spreeduh-kawr ]
/ ɛˈspri də ˈkɔr /
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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.
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Origin of esprit de corps

First recorded in 1770–80; from French: literally, “group spirit”

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British Dictionary definitions for esprit de corps

esprit de corps
/ (ɛˈspriː də ˈkɔː, French ɛspri də kɔr) /

consciousness of and pride in belonging to a particular group; the sense of shared purpose and fellowship
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Cultural 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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