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noun, cu·ria \ˈkyu̇r-ē-ə, ˈku̇r-\

Definition of curia

plural curiae play \ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌē, ˈku̇r-ē-ˌī\

  1. 1 a :  a division of the ancient Roman people comprising several gentes of a tribe b :  the place of assembly of one of these divisions

  2. 2 a :  the court of a medieval king b :  a court of justice

  3. 3 often capitalized :  the body of congregations, tribunals, and offices through which the pope governs the Roman Catholic Church

curial play \ˈkyu̇r-ē-əl, ˈku̇r-\ adjective

Origin of curia

Latin, perhaps from co- + vir man — more at virile

First Known Use: 1600

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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