curriculum

[ kuh-rik-yuh-luh m ]
/ 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.

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 forms

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.

Definition for curriculum (2 of 2)

curriculum vitae

[ kuh-rik-yuh-luh m vahy-tee, vee-tahy; Latin koor-rik-oo-loo m wee-tahy ]
/ kəˈrɪk yə ləm ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ; Latin kurˈrɪk ʊˌlʊm ˈwi taɪ /

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/.

Also called vita, vitae. a brief biographical résumé of one's career and training, as prepared by a person applying for a job.
(italics) Latin. the course of one's life or career.

Origin of curriculum vitae

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for curriculum (1 of 2)

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

curricular, adjective

Word Origin for curriculum

C19: from Latin: course, from currere to run

British Dictionary definitions for curriculum (2 of 2)

curriculum vitae

/ (ˈviːtaɪ, ˈvaɪtiː) /

noun plural curricula vitae

an outline of a person's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applicationsAbbreviation: CV

Word Origin for curriculum vitae

Latin, literally: the course of one's life
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