Definition of numerus clausus in US English:

numerus clausus


  • A fixed maximum number of entrants admissible to an academic institution.

    • ‘In 1922 a campaign for the restriction of Jewish enrolment in universities (a numerus clausus) erupted across Romania.’
    • ‘In May 1932, the ‘Erlanger Klinikerschaft’ - an organisation of Erlangen medical students - demanded the introduction of a numerus clausus to exclude ‘Jews, those of Jewish blood and non-German foreigners’.’


Latin, literally ‘closed number’.


numerus clausus

/ˌn(y)o͞omərəs ˈklousəs/