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curriculum

[kuh-rik-yuh-luh m]
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noun, plural cur·ric·u·la [kuh-rik-yuh-luh] /kəˈrɪk yə lə/, cur·ric·u·lums.
  1. the aggregate of courses of study given in a school, college, university, etc.: The school is adding more science courses to its curriculum.
  2. the regular or a particular course of study in a school, college, etc.
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Origin of curriculum

1625–35; < Latin: action of running, course of action, race, chariot, equivalent to curr(ere) to run + -i- -i- + -culum -cule2
Related formscur·ric·u·lar, adjectivepre·cur·ric·u·lar, adjectivepre·cur·ric·u·lum, noun, plural pre·cur·ric·u·lums, pre·cur·ric·u·la.
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syllabus, schedule, subjects

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British Dictionary definitions for curricula

curriculum

noun plural -la (-lə) or -lums
  1. a course of study in one subject at a school or college
  2. a list of all the courses of study offered by a school or college
  3. any programme or plan of activities
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Derived Formscurricular, adjective

Word Origin for curriculum

C19: from Latin: course, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for curricula

curriculum

n.

1824, from Modern Latin transferred use of classical Latin curriculum "a running, course, career" (also "a fast chariot, racing car"), from currere (see current (adj.)). Used in English as a Latin word since 1630s at Scottish universities.

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