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From Latin cursus.


cursus (plural cursi or cursus or (rare) cursūs)

  1. (rare) A course; a journey or progression.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 574:
      His cursus from Fréjus to Paris turned into a triumphal march, with whole towns and villages staging ceremonial entrées for him and cheering his passage.



  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /ˈkʏr.sʏs/
  • Hyphenation: cur‧sus


cursus m (plural cursussen, diminutive cursusje n)

  1. course

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Borrowed from Latin cursus. Doublet of cours.



cursus m (plural cursus)

  1. course (learning program)

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Etymology 1[edit]

currō +‎ -sus (action noun)


cursus m (genitive cursūs); fourth declension

  1. The act of running; race.
  2. Course, way, passage, journey; tendency.
  3. Journey, march, voyage, passage.
  4. (figuratively) Course, progress, direction, development, succession, passage; career.

Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cursus cursūs
genitive cursūs cursuum
dative cursuī cursibus
accusative cursum cursūs
ablative cursū cursibus
vocative cursus cursūs
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Etymology 2[edit]

Perfect passive participle of currō (run).


cursus m (feminine cursa, neuter cursum); first/second declension

  1. (of a race, journey) run, having been run
  2. travelled through, traversed, ran, having been traversed

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative cursus cursa cursum cursī cursae cursa
genitive cursī cursae cursī cursōrum cursārum cursōrum
dative cursō cursō cursīs
accusative cursum cursam cursum cursōs cursās cursa
ablative cursō cursā cursō cursīs
vocative curse cursa cursum cursī cursae cursa


  • cursus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cursus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • cursus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to run till one is out of breath: cursu exanimari (B.G. 2. 23. 1)
    • (ambiguous) to run its course in the sky: cursum conficere in caelo
    • (ambiguous) to finish one's career: vitae cursum or curriculum conficere
    • (ambiguous) to set one's course for a place: cursum dirigere aliquo
    • (ambiguous) to hold on one's course: cursum tenere (opp. commutare and deferri)
    • (ambiguous) to finish one's voyage: cursum conficere (Att. 5. 12. 1)
  • cursus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cursus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin