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amicus curiae

[uh-mahy-kuh s kyoo r-ee-ee, uh-mee-kuh s kyoo r-ee-ahy]
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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.
  1. 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.
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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

noun plural amici curiae (æˈmiːkaɪ)
  1. law a person not directly engaged in a case who advises the court
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Word Origin for amicus curiae

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.

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