The Word Corps

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According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the definition of the word "corps" that is applicable in the term Drum Corps is:

a group of persons associated together or acting under common direction; especially : a body of persons having a common activity or occupation <the press corps>

Spelling and Pronunciation

Note: This article uses the alphabet of the International Phonetic Association. Some browsers and some fonts might not render the alphabet correctly.

The singular and plural forms of the word are spelled the same way, however they are pronounced differently. The singular form (as in "I've only seen one drum corps tonight") is pronounced /kɔər/ (KOR) and the plural form (as in "Here are the drum corps") is pronounced /kɔərz/ (KORZ).

When the word is used in the genitive (possessive) form, singular or plural (as in "I drive the drum corps' trucks") the pronunciation will be /kɔərz/. Also note the use of the apostrophe.

The Above Phrases Using the IPA Alphabet

/aɪv onli siːn 'wʌn 'drʌm kɔər tə'naɪt/

/hiər ɑr ðə 'drʌm kɔərz/

/aɪ draɪv ðə drʌm kɔərz trʌks/