- in ancient Rome,
- any of the ten political subdivisions into which the Latin, Sabine, and Etruscan tribes were each divided
- its meeting place
- the senate house at Rome
- a medieval judicial council or court held in the king's name
- [C-] the administrative body of the Roman Catholic Church, consisting of various departments, courts, officials, etc., functioning under the authority of the popein full Curia Ro·ma′na
Origin of curiaClassical Latin (in ML, court) from Old Latin an unverified form co-viria, assembly of men from co-, together + an unverified form viro-, man: see virile
- a. One of the ten primitive subdivisions of a tribe in early Rome, consisting of ten gentes.b. The assembly place of such a subdivision.
- a. The Roman senate or any of the various buildings in which it met in republican Rome.b. The place of assembly of high councils in various Italian cities under Roman administration.
- The ensemble of central administrative and governmental services in imperial Rome.
- often Curia Roman Catholic Church The central administration governing the Church.
- a. A medieval assembly or council.b. A medieval royal court of justice.
Origin of curiaLatin cūria council, curia ; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots.
- The central administration of the Roman Catholic Church.
From Latin curia (“a court”)