Pronunciation: (kyoor'ē-u), [key]
—pl. cu•ri•aePronunciation: (kyoor'ē-ē"). [key]
1. one of the political subdivisions of each of the three tribes of ancient Rome.
2. the building in which such a division or group met, as for worship or public deliberation.
3. the senate house in ancient Rome.
4. the senate of an ancient Italian town.
5. (sometimes cap.) See Curia Romana.
6. the papal court.
7. the administrative aides of a bishop.
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