Definition of curule in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkjʊəruːl/


Denoting or relating to the authority exercised by the senior magistrates in ancient Rome, chiefly the consul and praetor, who were entitled to use the sella curulis (‘curule seat’, a kind of folding chair).
Example sentences
  • Publilius' dictatorship is also suspect but if he passed the first two measures (perhaps as consul), this marks a significant development in plebeian use of a curule magistracy for political reform.
  • Little is known about him except that he was curule aedile c.67, praetor c.64, and later a pro praetor.
  • The latter were called curule aediles (aediles curules) and they were considered curule magistrates.


Early 17th century: from Latin curulis, from currus 'chariot' (in which the chief magistrate was conveyed to the seat of office), from currere 'to run'.

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