One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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).
- ‘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.’
- ‘The latter were called curule aediles (aediles curules) and they were considered curule magistrates.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘After first arguing that the centuries had no relevant authority, he asserts that curule officials originally used the archaic curiate assembly in civil matters.’
- ‘The only adults allowed to wear this toga were curule magistrates (curule aedile and above).’
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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