Definition of curriculum vitae
curricula vitaeplay \-lə-\
: a short account of one's career and qualifications prepared typically by an applicant for a position Applicants for the fellowship are asked to submit a curriculum vitae.
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 vitae
Latin, course of (one's) life
First Known Use: 1902
CURRICULUM VITAE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of curriculum vitae for English Language Learners
: a short document that describes your education, work experience, etc.
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