[ kyoo r-ee-uh ]
/ ˈkyʊər i ə /

noun, plural cu·ri·ae [kyoo r-ee-ee] /ˈkyʊər iˌi/.

Origin of curia

1590–1600; < Latin cūria, perhaps < *coviria, equivalent to co- co- + vir man + -ia -ia

Related forms

cu·ri·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for curia


/ (ˈkjʊərɪə) /

noun plural -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 nameSee also Curia Regis

Derived Forms

curial, adjective

Word Origin for curia

C16: from Latin, from Old Latin coviria (unattested), from co- + vir man
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