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Learned borrowing from Latin cursus. Doublet of course and cour.


cursus (plural cursuses or (rare) cursus or (nonstandard) cursi)

  1. (rare) A course; a journey or progression.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin, published 2003, page 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.
  2. (archaeology) A long ditch or trench of unknown function, constructed in Neolithic Britain and Ireland.
  3. A racecourse.
  4. An academic curriculum.
  5. A form of daily prayer or service.



Borrowed from Latin cursus.


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


cursus m (plural cursussen, diminutive cursusje n)

  1. An educational course, on its own or as part of an academic or evening school curriculum.
  2. The documentation associated with a course, usually compiled by the teacher himself.

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Unadapted borrowing 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, voyage, march
  3. (figuratively) Course, progress, direction, development, succession, passage, tendency; career

Fourth-declension noun.

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 (feminine cursa, neuter cursum, adverb cursim); first/second-declension participle

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

First/second-declension adjective.

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 with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 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