Definition of corps noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɔː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɔːr//
    (pl. corps
    BrE BrE//kɔːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɔːrz//
    [countable + singular or plural verb]
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  1. 1a large unit of an army, consisting of two or more divisions the commander of the third army corps
  2. 2one of the groups of an army with a special responsibility the Royal Army Medical Corps the Army Corps of Engineers
  3. 3a group of people involved in a particular job or activity a corps of trained and experienced doctors
  4. see also diplomatic corps, press corps
    Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French, from Latin corpus ‘body’.Extra examples He’s a gunner in the US marine corps. He’s in the Royal Army Medical Corps. a multinational corps under UK command the UN press corps the elite corps of the Sultan’s army Local people worked alongside an international corps of volunteers. The press corps had assembled for the morning news conference. The reception was given for members of the diplomatic corps.
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