Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Privileged to sit in a curule chair; of superior rank.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining or belonging to a chariot.
  • Privileged to sit in a curule chair: as, the curule magistrates.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a chariot.
  • adjective (Rom. Antiq.) Of or pertaining to a kind of chair appropriated to Roman magistrates and dignitaries; pertaining to, having, or conferring, the right to sit in the curule chair; hence, official.
  • adjective right of sitting in the curule chair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Designating a kind of elaborate ceremonial seat inlaid with ivory, used by the highest magistrates in ancient Rome.

Etymologies

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

[Latin curūlis, of a curule chair, from currus, chariot, from currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin curūlis ("of or pertaining to a chariot; curule chair"), from currus ("chariot"), from currō ("run").

Examples

  • They wore a robe edged with violet color, sat in their chairs of state called curule chairs, and were attended by twelve lictors each.

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  • Terentia, decked out in her new jewels, hissed at me that I had better take control of the situation before the house was entirely stripped bare, and so I hit on the ruse of sending two slaves up to the roof to fetch the curule chair, with instructions to tell Cicero that the symbol of his authority was required to lead the procession—an excuse which also had the merit of being true.

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  • The lictors led the parade; four of them carried aloft the curule chair on an open litter.

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  • Cicero, slumped with exhaustion on his curule chair, swore as he watched him leave.

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  • His curule chair was placed on the doorstep and he sat there in the shade, reading through some letters, surrounded by his lictors, waiting for the auguries to be taken.

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  • I went downstairs and found him seated in his curule chair in the atrium, with a drawn sword resting across his knees.

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  • I was taking a shorthand record of the debate, sitting in my usual place, below and to the left of Cicero, who was in his curule chair.

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  • When we got back to the house Cicero was still on the roof, seated for the first time on his ivory curule chair.

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  • Hybrida took over the curule chair and Cicero busied himself with his legal work.

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  • Almanac (1676) and we find it alluded to in Boccaccio, the classical sedile which according to scoffers has formed the papal chair (a curule seat) ever since the days of Pope Joan, when it has been held advisable for one of the Cardinals to ascertain that His

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Comments

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  • JM reckons a curule leg is a cruel leg.

    August 17, 2009

  • We save for those fellows who rule

    The sturdy and hallowed curule.

    Its virtues are spare

    As a practical chair

    But, my! What a really cool stool.

    December 23, 2018

  • Compare curul.

    December 23, 2018