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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.

curriculum vitae

[kuh-rik-yuh-luh m vahy-tee, vee-tahy; Latin koor-rik-oo-loo m wee-tahy]
noun, plural cur·ric·u·la vi·tae [kuh-rik-yuh-luh vahy-tee, vee-tahy; Latin koor-rik-oo-lah wee-tahy] /kəˈrɪk yə lə ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ; Latin kurˈrɪk ʊˌlɑ ˈwi taɪ/.
  1. Also called vita, vitae. a brief biographical résumé of one's career and training, as prepared by a person applying for a job.
  2. (italics) Latin. the course of one's life or career.
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Origin of curriculum vitae

First recorded in 1900–05
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syllabus, schedule, subjects

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British Dictionary definitions for curriculum

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

curriculum vitae

noun plural curricula vitae
  1. an outline of a person's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applicationsAbbreviation: CV
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Word Origin for curriculum vitae

Latin, literally: the course of one's life
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Word Origin and History for 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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curriculum vitae

n.

"brief account of one's life and work," 1902, from Latin curriculum vitae, literally "course of one's life" (see curriculum). Abbreviated c.v..

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