cu·​rule ˈkyu̇r-ˌül How to pronounce curule (audio)
: relating to or being a high-ranking dignitary of ancient Rome entitled to occupy a special chair
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of curule was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Curule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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