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[kyoo-rey, kyoo r-ey; French ky-rey] /kyʊˈreɪ, ˈkyʊər eɪ; French küˈreɪ/
noun, plural curés
[kyoo-reyz, kyoo r-eyz; French ky-rey] /kyʊˈreɪz, ˈkyʊər eɪz; French küˈreɪ/ (Show IPA)
(in France) a parish priest.
Origin of curé
1645-55; < French, Old French; modeled on Medieval Latin cūrātus parish priest; see curate Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for curé
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  • The curé left just after him, saying he was going to send off a telegram.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • At last the curé had recourse to exorcisms, but they produced no effect.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • They next called in the curé of Valburg, who passed for a clever exorcist.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Is not the quip of the curé worthy of any son of the Emerald Isle?

    The Counts of Gruyre Mrs. Reginald de Koven
  • The curé of the Madeleine and his vicar had before been seized.

  • And he go home and say his confess to the curé some-oder-time, and he never go, not at all!

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • He cannot write,” said the curé; “and if he could, no one at home could read his letters.


    George Washington Cable
  • This one thing, which no one knew but the curé, had taken possession of him.


    George Washington Cable
  • “It is quickening all his faculties,” said the curé to himself.


    George Washington Cable
  • “It has broken,” said the curé to himself as he clasped him tightly.


    George Washington Cable
British Dictionary definitions for curé


a parish priest in France
Word Origin
French, from Medieval Latin cūrātus; see curate1


(transitive) to get rid of (an ailment, fault, or problem); heal
(transitive) to restore to health or good condition
(intransitive) to bring about a cure
(transitive) to preserve (meat, fish, etc) by salting, smoking, etc
  1. to treat or finish (a substance) by chemical or physical means
  2. to vulcanize (rubber)
  3. to allow (a polymer) to set often using heat or pressure
(transitive) to assist the hardening of (concrete, mortar, etc) by keeping it moist
a return to health, esp after specific treatment
any course of medical therapy, esp one proved effective in combating a disease
a means of restoring health or improving a condition, situation, etc
the spiritual and pastoral charge of a parish: the cure of souls
a process or method of preserving meat, fish, etc, by salting, pickling, or smoking
Derived Forms
cureless, adjective
curer, noun
Word Origin
(n) C13: from Old French, from Latin cūra care; in ecclesiastical sense, from Medieval Latin cūra spiritual charge; (vb) C14: from Old French curer, from Latin cūrāre to attend to, heal, from cūra care
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Word Origin and History for curé



parish priest, from French curé (13c.), from Medieval Latin curatus (see curate).



late 14c., from Old French curer, from Latin curare "take care of," hence, in medical language, "treat medically, cure" (see cure (n.)). In reference to fish, pork, etc., first recorded 1743. Related: Cured; curing.

Most words for "cure, heal" in European languages originally applied to the person being treated but now can be used with reference to the disease, too. Relatively few show an ancient connection to words for "physician;" typically they are connected instead to words for "make whole" or "tend to" or even "conjurer." French guérir (with Italian guarir, Old Spanish guarir) is from a Germanic verb stem also found in in Gothic warjan, Old English wearian "ward off, prevent, defend" (see warrant (n.)).



c.1300, "care, heed," from Latin cura "care, concern, trouble," with many figurative extensions, e.g. "study; administration; a mistress," and also "means of healing, remedy," from Old Latin coira-, from PIE root *kois- "be concerned." Meaning "medical care" is late 14c.

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curé in Medicine

cure (kyur)

  1. Restoration of health; recovery from disease.

  2. A method or course of treatment used to restore health.

  3. An agent that restores health; a remedy.

v. cured, cur·ing, cures
  1. To restore a person to health.

  2. To effect a recovery from a disease or disorder.

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take the cure

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