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amicus curiae

[uh-mahy-kuh s kyoo r-ee-ee, uh-mee-kuh s kyoo r-ee-ahy] /əˈmaɪ kəs ˈkyʊər iˌi, əˈmi kəs ˈkyʊər iˌaɪ/
noun, plural amici curiae
[uh-mahy-kahy kyoo r-ee-ee, uh-mee-kee kyoo r-ee-ahy] /əˈmaɪ kaɪ ˈkyʊər iˌi, əˈmi ki ˈkyʊər iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA).
a person, not a party to the litigation, who volunteers or is invited by the court to give advice upon some matter pending before it.
Also called friend of the court.
Origin of amicus curiae
Borrowed into English from New Latin around 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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amicus curiae

/æˈmiːkʊs ˈkjʊərɪˌiː/
noun (pl) amici curiae (æˈmiːkaɪ)
(law) a person not directly engaged in a case who advises the court
Word Origin
Latin, literally: friend of the court
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Word Origin and History for amicus curiae

1610s, Latin, literally "friend of the court;" plural is amici curiae. From Latin amicus "friend," related to amare "to love" (see Amy) + curia "court" (see curia).

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amicus curiae in Culture
amicus curiae [(uh-mee-kuhs kyoor-ee-eye)]

See friend of the court.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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