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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.
Origin of curriculum
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 curricular
  • Supervise student interns, participate in department and college curricular and programmatic development.
  • It's also important when it comes time to make curricular changes in times of great upheaval.
  • It follows on the heels of new curricular innovations enacted this year.
  • Our successes have also provided motivation for broader curricular and pedagogical initiatives.
  • It's also unfortunate that the ranking does not incorporate student extra-curricular opportunities for development.
  • Poor kids cannot participate in extra-curricular and charitable activities.
  • The kids are pulled from their expensive extra-curricular activities.
  • It is designed for cross-curricular integration and focuses on a variety of learning styles and applications.
  • When colleges and universities revamp curricular requirements, disciplines can become winners or losers.
  • He has a varied extra-curricular background and is also an athlete.
British Dictionary definitions for curricular


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 curricular

1798, "pertaining to driving carriages;" from Latin curriculum (see curriculum) + -ar.



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.

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