Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A separate branch or department of the armed forces having a specialized function.
  • n. A tactical unit of ground combat forces between a division and an army commanded by a lieutenant general and composed of two or more divisions and auxiliary service troops.
  • n. A body of persons acting together or associated under common direction: the press corps. See Synonyms at band2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A battlefield formation composed of two or more divisions.
  • n. An organized group of people united by a common purpose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The human body, whether living or dead.
  • n. A body of men; esp., an organized division of the military establishment; ; specifically, an army corps.
  • n. A body or code of laws.
  • n. The land with which a prebend or other ecclesiastical office is endowed.
  • n. In some countries of Europe, a form of students' social society binding the members to strict adherence to certain student customs and its code of honor; -- Ger. spelling usually korps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The older spelling of corpse.
  • n. A body; a visible object: only in the legal phrase corps certain (which see, below).
  • n. A body or number of persons conventionally or formally associated or acting together: as, the diplomatic corps. See Corps Législatif, below, and esprit de corps, under esprit.
  • n. Milit.: A part of the army expressly organized according to the Articles or War, and having a head and members, as a regiment or an independent company, or any other military body having such organization: as, the Marine Corps; the Corps of Topographical Engineers; hospital corps, etc.
  • n. More specifically, the tactical unit of a large army next above a division.
  • n. In the German universities, a students' society.
  • n. One of the several bodies of officers charged with special administrative duties in the army or navy.
  • n. a body of picked men.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a body of people associated together
  • n. an army unit usually consisting of two or more divisions and their support

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Latin corpus, body; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French corps ("body"), from Latin corpus ("body"). (Wiktionary)

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  • corps not core " marine corps "

    September 21, 2013

  • "A separate branch or department of the armed forces having a specialized function.
    A tactical unit of ground combat forces between a division and an army and composed of two or more divisions and auxiliary service troops."

    March 17, 2008