from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A common spirit of comradeship, enthusiasm, and devotion to a cause among the members of a group. See Synonyms at morale.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shared spirit of comradeship, enthusiasm, and devotion to a cause among the members of a group, for example of a military unit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a French phrase much used by English writers to denote the common spirit pervading the members of a body or association of persons. It implies sympathy, enthusiasm, devotion, and jealous regard for the honor of the body as a whole.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
French : esprit, spirit + de, of + corps, group, body.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French esprit de corps, from esprit ("spirit") + de ("of") + corps ("body") (Wiktionary)