Definition of curule in English:



  • 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).

    • ‘After first arguing that the centuries had no relevant authority, he asserts that curule officials originally used the archaic curiate assembly in civil matters.’
    • ‘Ulpian, Curule Aediles’ Edict, book 1: Labeo writes that the edict of the curule aediles concerns the sales of things immovable as much as of those movable or animate. 1.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only adults allowed to wear this toga were curule magistrates (curule aedile and above).’
    • ‘The latter were called curule aediles (aediles curules) and they were considered curule magistrates.’
    • ‘Little is known about him except that he was curule aedile c.67, praetor c.64, and later a pro praetor.’
    • ‘The curule aediles had responsibility for the ludi Romani and the Megalenses, which could be very expensive.’


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.