curriculum

[ kuh-rik-yuh-luhm ]
/ kəˈrɪk yə ləm /

noun, plural cur·ric·u·la [kuh-rik-yuh-luh], /kəˈrɪk yə lə/, cur·ric·u·lums.

the aggregate of courses of study given in a school, college, university, etc.: The school is adding more science courses to its curriculum.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM curriculum

cur·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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Example sentences from the Web for curriculum

  • The esteemed fashion school has cancelled the course due to curricular disagreements with the disgraced designer.

  • Curricular requirements were demanding at this level, particularly in the four-year primary schools.

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British Dictionary definitions for curriculum

curriculum
/ (kəˈrɪkjʊləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə) or -lums

a course of study in one subject at a school or college
a list of all the courses of study offered by a school or college
any programme or plan of activities

Derived forms of curriculum

curricular, adjective

Word Origin for curriculum

C19: from Latin: course, from currere to run
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