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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a chariot.
  • adj. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


Latin curūlis, of a curule chair, from currus, chariot, from currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin curūlis ("of or pertaining to a chariot; curule chair"), from currus ("chariot"), from currō ("run"). (Wiktionary)


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


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


  • 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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  • JM reckons a curule leg is a cruel leg.

    August 17, 2009