from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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 or policy directly affecting the litigation.
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- noun law a person/entity who has been allowed by the
courtto pleador make submissionsbut who, however, is not directly involved in the action.
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- noun 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
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Latin amīcus cūriae : amīcus, friend + cūriae, genitive of cūria, court.]
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Latin, amicus ("friend") + of the court genitive singular of curia ("court")
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