American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A party that is not involved in a particular litigation but that is allowed by the court to advise it on a matter of law directly affecting the litigation.
- n. law a person/entity who has been allowed by the court to plead or make submissions but who, however, is not directly involved in the action.
- n. an adviser to the court on some matter of law who is not a party to the case; usually someone who wants to influence the outcome of a lawsuit involving matters of wide public interest
- Latin, amicus ("friend") + of the court genitive singular of curia ("court") (Wiktionary)
- Latin amīcus cūriae : amīcus, friend + cūriae, genitive of cūria, court. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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