[kyoo r-ee-uh]
noun, plural cu·ri·ae [kyoo r-ee-ee] /ˈkyʊər iˌi/.
  1. one of the political subdivisions of each of the three tribes of ancient Rome.
  2. the building in which such a division or group met, as for worship or public deliberation.
  3. the senate house in ancient Rome.
  4. the senate of an ancient Italian town.
  5. (sometimes initial capital letter) Curia Romana.
  6. the papal court.
  7. the administrative aides of a bishop.

Origin of curia

1590–1600; < Latin cūria, perhaps < *coviria, equivalent to co- co- + vir man + -ia -ia
Related formscu·ri·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -riae (-rɪˌiː)
  1. (sometimes capital) the papal court and government of the Roman Catholic Church
  2. (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
  3. (in the Middle Ages) a court held in the king's nameSee also Curia Regis
Derived Formscurial, adjective

Word Origin for curia

C16: from Latin, from Old Latin coviria (unattested), from co- + vir man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for curia

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).

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