from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the ten primitive subdivisions of a tribe in early Rome, consisting of ten gentes.
- n. The assembly place of such a subdivision.
- n. The Roman senate or any of the various buildings in which it met in republican Rome.
- n. The place of assembly of high councils in various Italian cities under Roman administration.
- n. The ensemble of central administrative and governmental services in imperial Rome.
- n. Roman Catholic Church The central administration governing the Church.
- n. A medieval assembly or council.
- n. A medieval royal court of justice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the subdivisions of a tribe in ancient Rome
- n. The Roman senate during the republic
- n. Any of several medieval councils or courts of justice
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the thirty parts into which the Roman people were divided by Romulus.
- n. The place of assembly of one of these divisions.
- n. The place where the meetings of the senate were held; the senate house.
- n. The court of a sovereign or of a feudal lord; also; his residence or his household.
- n. Any court of justice.
- n. The Roman See in its temporal aspects, including all the machinery of administration; -- called also curia Romana.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity: One of the divisions of the citizens of Rome, with reference to locality. The number of the curiæ is given as thirty, but the original number was smaller.
- n. The building in which a curia met for worship or public deliberation. The building in which the senate held its deliberations. A title given to the senate of any one of the Italian cities, as distinguished from the Roman senate.
- n. In medieval legal use, a court, either judicial, administrative, or legislative; a court of justice.
- n. Specifically, in modern use, the court of the papal see.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) the central administration governing the Roman Catholic Church
Latin cūria, council, curia; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Latin curia. (Wiktionary)