- designating a chair like an upholstered campstool with heavy curved legs, in which only the highest civil officers of Rome were privileged to sit
- privileged to sit in a curule chair; of the highest rank
Origin of curuleClassical Latin curulis from currus, chariot; akin to currere, to run: see current
Privileged to sit in a curule chair; of superior rank.
Origin of curuleLatin curūlis of a curule chair from currus chariot from currere to run ; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
- Designating a kind of elaborate ceremonial seat inlaid with ivory, used by the highest magistrates in ancient Rome.
From Latin curūlis (“of or pertaining to a chariot; curule chair”), from currus (“chariot”), from currō (“run”).