- 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
Examples from the Web for curial
Only two Europeans were chosen outside the Curial appointments.Pope Appoints a Rainbow Coalition of New Cardinals From Africa, Asia
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 12, 2014
There is only one Italian on the list, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, who is not part of the Roman curial inner circle.Pope Francis’s Posse
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 15, 2013
An older pope who does not know which curial offices and officers need the ax, will be even easier to ignore than Benedict.What Catholics Think of Pope Francis
March 15, 2013
He may be an exception, but his example proves that grace can confound the expectations and machinations of curial politics.The Catholic Church Is Insular and Intolerant
March 8, 2013
An English translation of his "Curial" was printed by Caxton without date.The Boke of Noblesse
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.A History of French Literature
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.
- (sometimes capital) the papal court and government of the Roman Catholic Church
- (in ancient Rome)
- any of the ten subdivisions of the Latin, Sabine, or Etruscan tribes
- a meeting place of such a subdivision
- the senate house of Rome
- the senate of an Italian town under Roman administration
- (in the Middle Ages) a court held in the king's nameSee also Curia Regis
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).