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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Latin amīcus cūriae : amīcus, friend + cūriae, genitive of cūria, court.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, amicus ("friend") + of the court genitive singular of curia ("court") (Wiktionary)

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