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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 curriculums
  • Despite seeming vague, though, national curriculums do often encapsulate some aspect of national ideals.
  • Officials admit that this is an ideological project, but so are all education curriculums, they say.
  • And school curriculums are under constant pressure from meddlesome governments.
  • curriculums are changed to reflect politically correct views.
  • curriculums also are best left to the local school districts.
  • curriculums are going to include more academic subject matter.
  • As a result, few universities design basic core curriculums for their undergraduates.
  • The farm also hosts field trips for students in pre-K through third grade, with hands-on curriculums available for each grade.
  • They plan, evaluate, standardize and improve curriculums and teaching techniques.
  • The feistiest combatants are fighting against not school curriculums but school clinics.
British Dictionary definitions for curriculums


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 curriculums



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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