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curriculum

[kuh-rik-yuh-luh m] /kəˈrɪk yə ləm/
noun, plural curricula
[kuh-rik-yuh-luh] /kəˈrɪk yə lə/ (Show IPA),
curriculums.
1.
the aggregate of courses of study given in a school, college, university, etc.:
The school is adding more science courses to its curriculum.
2.
the regular or a particular course of study in a school, college, etc.
Origin
1625-1635
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.

curriculum vitae

[kuh-rik-yuh-luh m vahy-tee, vee-tahy; Latin koor-rik-oo-loo m wee-tahy] /kəˈrɪk yə ləm ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ; Latin kurˈrɪk ʊˌlʊm ˈwi taɪ/
noun, plural curricula vitae
[kuh-rik-yuh-luh vahy-tee, vee-tahy; Latin koor-rik-oo-lah wee-tahy] /kəˈrɪk yə lə ˈvaɪ ti, ˈvi taɪ; Latin kurˈrɪk ʊˌlɑ ˈwi taɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Also called vita, vitae. a brief biographical résumé of one's career and training, as prepared by a person applying for a job.
2.
(italics) Latin. the course of one's life or career.
Origin
1900-05
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  • The free-wheeling curriculum has no academic departments and little required study.
  • His place in the curriculum is established, but he is hardly popular as a subject of teaching or scholarship.
  • Heroic deeds-- notably, that of a schoolteacher who died saving the emperor's picture from a fire--embellished the curriculum.
  • The retreat into irrelevance is visible all across the humanities curriculum.
  • The curriculum has evolved from making matchbox holders in woodworking to designing circuit boards and electronics.
  • But they were poems you might have in a high-school curriculum.
  • For teachers with evolution in their curriculum, this book is good enough to be a sole resource.
  • While faculty members may not engage in much research, they work together to maintain a common curriculum.
  • He added coaches to help teachers conform to a new curriculum and tests.
  • Previously, she worked as a curriculum development writer for an educational company.
British Dictionary definitions for curriculum

curriculum

/kəˈrɪkjʊləm/
noun (pl) -la (-lə), -lums
1.
a course of study in one subject at a school or college
2.
a list of all the courses of study offered by a school or college
3.
any programme or plan of activities
Derived Forms
curricular, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: course, from currere to run

curriculum vitae

/ˈviːtaɪ; ˈvaɪtiː/
noun (pl) curricula vitae
1.
an outline of a person's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applications CV
Word Origin
Latin, literally: the course of one's life
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Word Origin and History for curriculum
n.

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.

curriculum vitae

n.

"brief account of one's life and work," 1902, from Latin curriculum vitae, literally "course of one's life" (see curriculum). Abbreviated c.v..

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