Definition of curriculum vitae in English:

curriculum vitae


  • A brief account of a person's education, qualifications, and previous occupations, typically sent with a job application.

    ‘send a curriculum vitae and the names of two referees’
    • ‘His curriculum vitae certainly made interesting reading.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Volunteers improve their range of skills which can be added to their curriculum vitae.’’
    • ‘To apply, send a current curriculum vitae and a letter addressing the nominee's relevant accomplishments to Division Services Office.’
    • ‘To nominate someone, send an abbreviated curriculum vitae, a nomination letter and three letters of support on why the candidate should be considered.’
    • ‘If you look at my curriculum vitae you'll see that's not true.’
    • ‘Department chairs select likely candidates from a local list, reviewing their curricula vitae and perhaps their past student evaluations.’
    • ‘I was told that it had sent out a first wave of its own medical staff but that it would need a second later on, and after a brief discussion someone took my details and asked for my curriculum vitae.’
    • ‘My libertarian curriculum vitae are as follows.’
    • ‘His curriculum vitae includes reference to prizes in mathematics and chemistry, as well as in physics, a testament to the broad scope of his scientific interests and his high attainment in science in the widest sense.’
    • ‘Letters of application should include a concise curriculum vitae and a brief outline of current and proposed research.’
    • ‘Brief laudatory video clips were shown on the screen behind the stage, the voiceover intoning brief biographies of the two officials and their curriculum vitae.’
    • ‘Consider, by way of illustration, the curriculum vitae in academic life.’
    • ‘Nomination materials should include a statement of qualifications and relevant experience, a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest.’
    • ‘A low barrier, for example, may be a compulsory registration and/or the filling a brief curriculum vitae.’
    • ‘Please find enclosed my curriculum vitae which provides a more detailed listing of my background and qualifications.’
    • ‘A current curriculum vitae must be submitted together with any relevant information which will enable the adjudicators to come to a informed decision.’
    • ‘Bring copies of all qualifications and your curriculum vitae - translated if necessary.’
    • ‘Beyond your curriculum vitae, this should include: diplomas, certificates, a list of references, letters of reference, work samples.’
    • ‘Applications must not exceed eight pages, not including the curriculum vitae and recommendation letters.’
    • ‘Without the curriculum vitae and qualification papers, do not expect to get your foot over any employer's doorway.’
    experience, record, history, past, training, education, grounding, knowledge
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Early 20th century: Latin, ‘course of life’.


curriculum vitae

/kʌˈrɪkjʊləm ˈviːtʌɪ/