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English definition of “curriculum vitae”

curriculum vitae

noun [C]
 
 
(plural curricula vitae, or curriculum vitaes) formal ( abbreviation CV, US usually resume, or résumé)
a short written description of your education, qualifications, previous jobs, and sometimes also your personal interests, which you send to an employer when you are trying to get a job. In the US, curriculum vitae is mostly used when applying for academic teaching jobs; resume or résumé is used for other jobs: Applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae and names and addresses of three referees.
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