esprit de corps

This page is about the idiom esprit de corps.

Meaning: A feeling of pride and comradeship shared by members of a group such as a military unit or a sports team.

For example:

  • The new coach is trying to develop a feeling of esprit de corps among his players.

  • My father says the best thing about going to fight in a war is the esprit de corps one feels and the friendships one makes.

Origin: Borrowed from French, and a literal translation could be "spirit of a body (of persons)".

Quick Quiz:

Japanese companies try to develop esprit de corps among

a. their customers

b. their workers

c. their products

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Contributor: Matt Errey