curia

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

Definition of curia

plural

curiae

play \ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌē, ˈku̇r-ē-ˌī, ˈkyər-\
  1. 1a :  a division of the ancient Roman people comprising several gentes of a tribeb :  the place of assembly of one of these divisions

  2. 2a :  the court of a medieval kingb :  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-, ˈkyər-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of curia

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


First Known Use: 1600


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