cu·​ria | \ ˈkyu̇r-ē-ə How to pronounce curia (audio) , ˈku̇r-, ˈkyər- \
plural curiae\ ˈkyu̇r-​ē-​ˌē How to pronounce curia (audio) , ˈku̇r-​ē-​ˌī , ˈkyər-​ \

Definition of curia

1a : a division of the ancient Roman people comprising several gentes of a tribe
b : the place of assembly of one of these divisions
2a : the court of a medieval king
b : a court of justice
3 often capitalized : the body of congregations, tribunals, and offices through which the pope governs the Roman Catholic Church

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Other Words from curia

curial \ ˈkyu̇r-​ē-​əl How to pronounce curia (audio) , ˈku̇r-​ , ˈkyər-​ \ adjective

Examples of curia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2003, Bishop Sean O’Malley took over, while Lennon stayed on as vicar general and moderator of the curia. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Clelveland Catholic diocese Bishop Richard Lennon celebrated and interred at Cathedral of St. John," 5 Nov. 2019 It would be conducted under the solemnity of canon law and held before the papal curia and Roman nobility. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 Five years ago, he was appointed one of eight cardinals by Pope Francis to work out how to overhaul the administrative structures of the church, which are known as the Roman curia. A. Odysseus Patrick, Washington Post, "Cardinal George Pell will face trial on sex-offense charges," 1 May 2018 Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna was stable and conscious after the surgery and his hospital recovery will take between 48 and 72 hours, the curia for Scicluna’s archdiocese in Malta said in a brief statement issued by a Chilean hospital. Washington Post, "Vatican sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of curia

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for curia

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

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“Curia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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