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[kuh-rik-yuh-luh m] /kəˈrɪk yə ləm/
noun, plural curricula
[kuh-rik-yuh-luh] /kəˈrɪk yə lə/ (Show IPA),
the aggregate of courses of study given in a school, college, university, etc.:
The school is adding more science courses to its curriculum.
the regular or a particular course of study in a school, college, etc.
1625-35; < Latin: action of running, course of action, race, chariot, equivalent to curr(ere) to run + -i- -i- + -culum -cule2
Related forms
curricular, adjective
precurricular, adjective
precurriculum, noun, plural precurriculums, precurricula. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for curricula
  • The curricula for music and other areas of the fine arts, more often than not, begin in the freshman year.
  • The local independent school district has full control over teachers and curricula.
  • Contemporary curricula strongly emphasize the study of tropical rain forests.
  • Students learn better when challenged to find the answers themselves, say creators of a technology-rich science curricula.
  • Other developed countries offer adolescents a choice of curricula.
  • Letters of interest and curricula vitae will be submitted through the on-line process.
  • Most expect to make good money and burnish their curricula vitae.
  • Contemporary curricula strongly emphasize the study of tropical rainforests.
  • And for better or worse, this means that he doesn't have a consistent, comprehensive plan for overhauling school curricula.
  • Develops curricula and course materials and coordinates faculty recruitment and involvement.
British Dictionary definitions for curricula


noun (pl) -la (-lə), -lums
a course of study in one subject at a school or college
a list of all the courses of study offered by a school or college
any programme or plan of activities
Derived Forms
curricular, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: course, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for curricula



1824, from Modern Latin transferred use of classical Latin curriculum "a running, course, career" (also "a fast chariot, racing car"), from currere (see current (adj.)). Used in English as a Latin word since 1630s at Scottish universities.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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