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[kyoo r-ool]
  1. privileged to sit in a curule chair.
  2. of the highest rank.
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Origin of curule

First recorded in 1590–1600, curule is from the Latin word curūlis
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Examples from the Web for curule

Historical Examples of curule

  • "Their heads are the footstools to your curule chair," said Payan, in a half whisper.


    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • "Do sit down," she said, indicating a "property" curule chair.

  • The Consul Octavius was slain while seated in his curule chair.

    A Smaller History of Rome

    William Smith and Eugene Lawrence

  • No curule magistrates could be chosen; no military muster could be held.

    Lays of Ancient Rome

    Thomas Babbington Macaulay

  • They moved their curule chairs and other insignia of their authority without the city walls and proceeded with the enrolments.

British Dictionary definitions for curule


  1. (in ancient Rome) of the highest rank, esp one entitled to use a curule chair
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Word Origin for curule

C16: from Latin curūlis of a chariot, from currus chariot, from currere to run
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