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 a·mi·ci cu·ri·ae [uh-mahy-kahy kyoo r-ee-ee, uh-mee-kee kyoo r-ee-ahy] /əˈmaɪ kaɪ ˈkyʊər iˌi, əˈmi ki ˈkyʊər iˌaɪ/. Law.

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.

Origin of amicus curiae

Borrowed into English from New Latin around 1605–15
Also called friend of the court.
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British Dictionary definitions for amicus curiae

amicus curiae

/ (æˈmiːkʊs ˈkjʊərɪˌiː) /

noun plural amici curiae (æˈmiːkaɪ)

law a person not directly engaged in a case who advises the court

Word Origin for amicus curiae

Latin, literally: friend of the court
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Word Origin and History for amicus curiae

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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Culture definitions for amicus curiae

amicus curiae

[ (uh-mee-kuhs kyoor-ee-eye) ]

See friend of the court.

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