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[kyoo r-ee-uh] /ˈkyʊər i ə/
noun, plural curiae
[kyoo r-ee-ee] /ˈkyʊər iˌi/ (Show IPA)
one of the political subdivisions of each of the three tribes of ancient Rome.
the building in which such a division or group met, as for worship or public deliberation.
the senate house in ancient Rome.
the senate of an ancient Italian town.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Curia Romana.
the papal court.
the administrative aides of a bishop.
Origin of curia
1590-1600; < Latin cūria, perhaps < *coviria, equivalent to co- co- + vir man + -ia -ia
Related forms
curial, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for curial
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  • An English translation of his "curial" was printed by Caxton without date.

  • The village or district was made a curial, and became responsible in its aggregate character for the individual payments.

  • Peasant, land-owner, curial,—all sank into hopeless misery by the crushing of this gold-producing machinery.

  • His curial (The Courtier) is a satire on the vices of the court by one who had acquaintance with its corruption.

  • This criticism applies, mutatis mutandis, to what may be called the curial system of Dublin Castle.

    Handbook of Home Rule (1887) W. E. Gladstone et al.
  • I saw by the way their things were packed in the curial that they did not intend to return for some days.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
British Dictionary definitions for curial


noun (pl) -riae (-rɪˌiː)
(sometimes capital) the papal court and government of the Roman Catholic Church
(in ancient Rome)
  1. any of the ten subdivisions of the Latin, Sabine, or Etruscan tribes
  2. a meeting place of such a subdivision
  3. the senate house of Rome
  4. the senate of an Italian town under Roman administration
(in the Middle Ages) a court held in the king's name See also Curia Regis
Derived Forms
curial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Old Latin coviria (unattested), from co- + vir man
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Word Origin and History for curial



c.1600, one of the ten divisions of each of the three ancient Roman tribes; also "the Senate-house of Rome," from Latin curia "court," perhaps from *co-wiria "community of men." Transferred to the Papal court (1840).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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