cu·​rule | \ ˈkyu̇r-ˌül How to pronounce curule (audio) \

Definition of curule

1 : relating to or being a high-ranking dignitary of ancient Rome entitled to occupy a special chair
2 : of, relating to, or being a chair or seat reserved for Romans of high rank that resembles a backless stool with curved legs also : of, relating to, or being a 19th century seat with legs of a similar style

First Known Use of curule

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curule

Latin curulis, perhaps alteration of currulis of a chariot, from currus chariot, from currere to run

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“Curule.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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