curia

noun cu·ria \ ˈkyu̇r-ē-ə , ˈku̇r- , ˈkyər- \

Definition of curia

plural curiae play \ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌē, ˈku̇r-ē-ˌī, ˈkyər-\
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 a : 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

curial

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

Origin and Etymology of curia

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


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