Definition of corps in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɔː/

noun (plural corps /kɔːz/)

[often in names]
1A main subdivision of an army in the field, consisting of two or more divisions: the 5th Army Corps
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  • However, brigades, divisions, corps, and armies formed only as needed in wartime and were promptly disbanded during peacetime.
  • The crown prince of Saxony was given the new Meuse Army, comprising three of First Army's corps and two cavalry divisions.
  • Additionally, division, corps, and Army headquarters, along with their missions, will be realigned.
1.1A branch of an army assigned to a particular kind of work: the Royal Army Medical Corps
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  • Rifle and cavalry corps were assigned for operations on the outer perimeter of envelopment.
  • Military academies produce leaders in all branches of the officer corps.
  • The country was accordingly divided into defense zones, each assigned to an army corps.
1.2 [with adjective or noun modifier] A body of people engaged in a particular activity: at 9:30 a.m., the press corps was handed what looked to be a routine list of orders
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  • First, rather than integrating media affairs in its planning, the command simply handed off the press to a specialized corps of public affairs officers.
  • Mr Peare was one of the first corps of business studies graduates to emerge from Trinity College in 1965.
  • Whilst there has been no official comment on the new measures, sources close to the government have confirmed that a special corps of Dome protection personnel is planned.
unit, division, detachment, section, company, troop, contingent, squad, squadron, regiment, garrison, battalion, brigade, platoon, force;
group, body, band, team, party, troupe, gang, pack;
in ancient Rome cohort
informal bunch, crew, gaggle, posse
1.3 short for corps de ballet.
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  • While in the corps of The Royal Ballet, he was injured, and he spent time watching television while healing.
  • Perhaps no one works more intimately with the corps than the ballet masters.
  • Graham was concerned with theatrical balance between corps and soloists, performers and the space around them.


Late 16th century: from French, from Latin corpus 'body'.

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