curriculum

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noun cur·ric·u·lum \kə-ˈri-kyə-ləm\

Definition of curriculum

plural

curricula

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curriculums

  1. 1 :  the courses offered by an educational institution the high school curriculum

  2. 2 :  a set of courses constituting an area of specialization the engineering curriculum the biological sciences curriculum the liberal arts curriculum

Examples of curriculum in a Sentence

  1. The college has a liberal arts curriculum.

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The different plural forms of curriculum

Curriculum is from New Latin (a post-medieval form of Latin used mainly in churches and schools and for scientific coinages), in which language it means “a course of study.” It shares its ultimate root in classical Latin, where it meant “running” or “course” (as in “race course”), with words such as corridor, courier, and currency, all of which come from Latin currere “to run.”

As is the case with many nouns borrowed directly from Latin, there is often some confusion as to the proper way to form its plural. Both curricula and curriculums are considered correct.

This word is frequently seen in conjunction with vitae; a curriculum vitae (Latin for “course of (one’s) life”) is “a short account of one's career and qualifications prepared typically by an applicant for a position” – in other words, a résumé. Curriculum vitae is abbreviated CV, and is pluralized as curricula vitae.

Origin and Etymology of curriculum

New Latin, from Latin, running, course


CURRICULUM Defined for English Language Learners

curriculum

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noun

Definition of curriculum for English Language Learners

  • : the courses that are taught by a school, college, etc.


CURRICULUM Defined for Kids

curriculum

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noun cur·ric·u·lum \kə-ˈri-kyə-ləm\

Definition of curriculum for Students

plural

curricula

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curriculums

  1. :  all the courses of study offered by a school



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